Mugabe rejects fresh polls

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has rejected opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's call for an early return to the polls,  rubbishing the demand as “ridiculous.”

George Charamba, Mugabe’s official spokesperson, told the Daily News yesterday that Tsvangirai’s letter to Southern African Development Community (Sadc) leaders calling for fresh polls because last year’s poll was allegedly rigged by the 90-year-old Zanu PF leader was a “joke.”

“Who is the chair of the Sadc?” Charamba asked, referring to Mugabe’s assumption of the rotating chairmanship of the 15-nation regional grouping.

“It’s ridiculous and that’s what it is. It is a good joke.”

Mugabe’s spokesperson said the president will not lose sleep over the MDC youths’ threats to stage demonstrations weekly to press for fresh polls.

“This is not a serious issue to worry about. This is nothing,” Charamba told the Daily News.

Rugare Gumbo, Zanu PF spokesperson, said Tsvangirai’s letter exposed the opposition leader as “a hopeless” leader.

“That’s nonsense,” Gumbo said. “It is a waste of time by a hopeless person.

“The police are there to ensure there is peace and they will deal with anyone hell-bent on creating mayhem and despondency,” Gumbo said in response to MDC threats to unfurl demonstrations.

Tsvangirai, 62, wrote to Sadc demanding fresh elections, claiming that last year’s polls were rigged by Mugabe.

In a damning letter to the Sadc Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Tsvangirai said a compromise to produce a government that might save Zimbabwe from further financial calamity was proving elusive.

The MDC leader’s emissaries handed the letter to the regional  leaders at the two-day summit in Victoria Falls last weekend, as hundreds of anti-government MDC protesters began a jobs march in the capital yesterday, raising fears of political instability.

“As we write to you, we are aware that Mr Mugabe, the man at the centre of the illegitimate government in Harare, is the incoming chairperson of Sadc,” Tsvangirai’s letter says.

“It is in this respect that we hope that the Sadc Troika, to which we have addressed this letter, will take seriously our position on the developments in the country, which developments are slowly gravitating towards an inevitable implosion.

“We in the MDC have waited long enough for truly free and fair elections. We have faith in Sadc as an institution and the dedication of its member states to ensure peace and good, democratic governance in our region.”

The MDC also said it would be unfurling weekly protests until their demands are met.

“We in the MDC are drawing a line in the sand and we hereby inform our colleagues in Sadc, well in advance, that the people of Zimbabwe shall be writing their own script for an endgame to the struggle for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe,” Tsvangirai warned.

Comments (11)

We want to see yu act, kwete kungotaura Tsvangirai. Uritutambisa manumbers auinawo ayo. Panekuti manumbers ako aswere achinyora zvisina basa on online social networks, take them to the street becoz this is where the real job is.

Street Fight - 20 August 2014

Guys be serious the people who were given that letter will show Morgan that he is childish and not leadership materiel . They have already said the election was free and fair . Rather than work on a new strategy he keeps on recycling the same garbage . Does this guy think with his brains or his ass .

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aqua - 20 August 2014

what then. guys the previous is over and its time to work together for the benefit of the country. everyone hands for a better zimbabwe

lets work together - 20 August 2014

To all unemployed youth this is your time to stand up and demostrate for employment do not listine to these idiots like Gumbo . as for the police they must refrain from being used to settle political scores by zanu . Remember police stay at some high density areas after beating up the demostraters they will retire and go to those areas were they will be punished for taking sides with zanu so be warned you do not stay in camps all of you

Diibulaanyika - 20 August 2014

Tsvangirai should write letters to the people and send them out through his structures or even put them in letter boxes in town than write to Mugabe against Mugabe. SADC gave a clean bill to the elections, How can they reverse that for him (Tsvangirai)?

Bhora Mberi - 20 August 2014

It is unfortunate that we the people of Zimbabwe are afraid to stand up for our rights. Yes we liberated the country from white imperialism but we cannot stand against an even worse dictator than Ian Smith. Just look across the Limpopo at what the the South Africans do if they are not happy at anything. They stand up in the roads and show that they are not happy at all. It is non but ourselves who can liberate us from Zanu PF. Are we saying we are going to endure these hardships untill 2018. We can change the course of our lives and demand for fresh elections now and and it requires us not Tsvangirai alone We need to act to save our country. The youth are unemployed and ady in day out we read about industries clossing in Mutare Harare Bulawayo and where do we think this is getting us.Let us be there and let us act to save ourselves and our country fro bondage

Zvigubhu Ngondongodo - 21 August 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 21 August 2014

TSVANGIRAI AND HIS ADVISERS ARE COMPLETELY BRAIN DEAD. PRESIDENT MUGABE, WHETHER TSVANGIRAI LIKES IT OR NOT, IS IN CHARGE AND HIS VIEWS WILL CARRY WEIGHT WITHIN SADC AND IN MOST AFRICAN COUNTRIES. THE PROBLEM WITH THE FAILED LEADER TSVANGIRAI IS THAT HE IS A MISGUIDED DAY DREAMER.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 21 August 2014

CHINONETSA PANA SAVE HUDOFO CHAIWO!! Assuming ZPF were to agree to his asinine request, MDC-T WOULD STILL LOSE YET AGAIN!!

ZVOKWADI - 21 August 2014

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