Did Tsvangirai win 73% of 2008 vote?

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe suffered a serious lapse of concentration on Tuesday, damagingly blurting out that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had garnered 73 percent of the disputed 2008 presidential vote.

But minions of the country’s long-ruling leader quickly cut in, forcing the nonagenarian to backtrack, claiming it was a slip of the tongue.

However, the spokesman for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, Luke Tamborinyoka,  vehemently asserted yesterday that Mugabe had not suffered a slip of the tongue, but had finally told the truth about the disputed 2008 ballot, as well as the equally controversial 2013 national elections.

Mugabe’s embarrassing faux pas was made as he addressed securocrats and war veterans at the Zanu PF headquarters, ahead of the party’s politburo meeting on Tuesday. Before he was corrected, Mugabe admitted that he and Zanu PF had not done well in the 2008 elections, going on to say Tsvangirai had garnered 73 percent of the presidential vote in the plebiscite.

“When we failed to, when Tsvangirai got 73 percent of the votes ...”,

Mugabe said before he was forcefully interjected by some securocrats.

“Oh, he got 47 percent of the votes and I got 43 percent,” he corrected himself, adding, “Vanhu (people) made noise. They said don’t worry, elections, no elections. I said we should have elections, there is no winner with this 50 plus  1 percent”.

But Tamborinyoka, said yesterday that Mugabe had not suffered any slip of the tongue. “We have a man suffering from dotage, unwittingly telling the truth that Tsvangirai won the elections.

“A person who is in the dotage stage doesn’t know what to say and what not to say, and this is the reason why Mugabe revealed the truth. Usually people in dotage usually tell the truth. You don’t experience a slip of tongue but slip of everything. Zimbabweans know that Tsvangirai won all elections. It is for this reason that last year, those who claimed to have won failed to celebrate their victory,” Tamborinyoka said.

He added that it was instructive that Mugabe had also told the meeting that he held the 2013 elections in his “own way. In the same address Mugabe said we are holding elections in our own way. What is his own way?” Tamborinyoka asked rhetorically. “This confirms the shenanigans that we have always suspected. Moreso, (Mugabe’s spokesman George) Charamba writing in his Saturday column said MPs did not know how they won because things were being done from the centre.

“This all confirms what we have always said that elections were stolen”.

The Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru, widely believed to be Charamba, wrote in the lapdog daily on Saturday that most Zanu PF leaders were not sure how the party won last year’s heavily disputed harmonised elections.

“If truth be told, very few leaders in Zanu PF are able to explain how the 2013 elections happened, how the landslide victory came about,” Manheru wrote.

“Equally, very few in Zanu PF can legitimately claim that victory, much as it benefited them. Zanu PF won elections from the centre, never from the margins which in turn then built the centre, as happens normally. Indeed this is why 2008 could never have been repeated in 2013,” Manheru added.

Comments (41)

He really did get 73%. That is the truth. But Tsvangirai being Tsvangirai failed himself. After winning the run-off, Mugabe should have been left to rule alone.

TruthIsOut - 4 December 2014

Very clearly,Mugabe knows that MT won the 2008&2013 elections.The issue of the so called 'grand coalition'really means nothing.That one is a fortune seeker's cash cow. Anyway, true election results will eventually come out to free the suffering masses of Zimbabwe. Hypocrites masquerade as true freedom fighters using the so called GRAND COALITION. Only the gullible can join that charade.

TAMBO - 4 December 2014

Truth be told, Tsvangirai won all the elections since 2000. The old Robert stole the elections since he knows that once he is out of the state house, all his wrong doings will be against him because he shed blood of innocent zimbaqbweans

mr chix - 4 December 2014

KIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKI you guys really love MT . But what you forget is that he is dump . He thinks with his ass so how can he lead us

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 4 December 2014

KIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKIKI you guys really love MT . But what you forget is that he is dump . He thinks with his ass so how can he lead us

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 4 December 2014

What really grieves my heart is the depths to which Zimbabwe has sunk. God will not be mocked. As a nation that calls ourselves a Christian nation we are a disgrace. We trample on the grace of God. We think it is alright to hate, be bitter, lie, steal, cheat, be greedy, corrupt, murder, be violent, rig elections, call each other terrible things and still go to church, waving our bibles, attending prayer meetings and sprouting scriptures that we twist and abuse from public podiums. no wonder God's judgment is falling. The only thing that will save Zimbabwe is repentance and the Lord assures us that sin shall NOT remain hidden.

Maid Marion - 4 December 2014

Morgan is a leader not a professor so people vote for leaders not for educated fools like Bob and other gays that surround him. How on mother earth can a leader surround himself with gays only and bitches like Oppah and DisGrace!!! God Save Zimabbwe

Garikayi - 4 December 2014

Mose Ruddolf Hitler you are DUMBER

musha waparara - 4 December 2014

hey guys mt wenyu haakwanisi kutonga zim akatadza sei kuzvimirira paakawana 73% dzacho zvinoreva kuti kana nyika yacho hakwanisi kuimiririra hakusi kutonga mumba mako kuleader vanhu vakadzidza nevasina zvinoda munhu akadzidza, 73% akanga adzitora hakusi kuchinja hembe

Itsomup - 4 December 2014

Sei muchinyepa ane vanhu vangani vakamupa 73% musafadze munhu nenhema haafe akaitonga morgan

Itsomup - 4 December 2014

Itsomup clearly hates MT for no good reason.Mugabe himself made it very clear that MT won 73% but Itsomup still feels otherwise. Mugabe never had a slip of the tongue. Chinhu chokuba chinonetsa kuchengeta.S.A great judges recently ruled that the 2002 elections were rigged.From then on,ZANU PF stole all subsequent elections&that's a fact.ZANU PF can never win a truly free&fair election. Just look at what they are doing about their sham congress.MDC-T is a civilized,non violent party&so is Tsvangirai.

DZASUKWA - 4 December 2014

There is a very good reason why a retirement age was set at between 60 and 65 years of age. Not only does it help society progress with new and fresh ideas being churned out, it also allows those who are weary and have contributed when they were still in their prime some time to reflect while they rest. Conditions such as Dementia take over the faculties of the brain and you may start blabbering out of path utterances such as we are witnessing right now happening with our dear old President. To all those people who were there to correct the President when he had the slip of the tongue, this incident should remind you that your leader needs rest, it's time to let go and let others take over. At over 90, he should be enjoying the company of his grand children, telling them his favorite war time stories and passing on his wisdom.

Dr Know - 4 December 2014

I HAVE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THIEVES WHO AFTER STEALING, SLAUGHTERING AND EATING GOATS OR CHICKEN- THE GOAT OR CHICKEN STARTS CRAWING FROM THE THIEF'S STOMACH. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT;S HAPPENING TO mugabe. 73% ,73%

NDEYEROPA - 4 December 2014

Definitely he has finally agreed. Ukaona une mukadzi woita girl friend pane nguva yaunotomboraiska ukapedzisira wakusheedza girl friend ne zita ra madma, vamwe mai vakazoti vanakidzwa ne murume wavo vakuti John john john murume wavo achinzi Peter. It was definitely not an imaginery, John but a real John.

maita - 4 December 2014

It is not easy to forget something that you truly got fairly and in the right manner. it is also not easy to forget that ill-gotten anything will always come out in the open and will always haunt you. so that indeed wasn't the slip of the tongue. it was the moment of truth

pride - 4 December 2014

kikikikiki zvakahwina chematama akadii kutonga kubva2000 musatize chokwadi chamakatarisa hokoyo viva Ngwena

Oga - 4 December 2014

morgan aidiwa nevanhu no doubt about that. he may as well have garnered the 73% spoken of by the president. when he got in mbeki's arranged alliance with mugabe, he should have demonstrated good leadership. instead what did he do? michato nana sister yeyo nayeyo na ngana nanhingi . . . . that damaged his political career. worse so that he is now refusing to pass the baton to another. that makes him exactly the same with the one he is oppossing. there is no difference. as of now his support has dwindled.

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 December 2014

73% is REAL . This is why Mugabe is still so concerned about 2008 election. He always refers to them . what we now know is the it took 1 month to doctor 73% to 47 %. Tichazvinzwa zvedu nana Goche nana Muatasa na Mujuru and team esp how they stole 2013 election.

Chemutengure - 4 December 2014

The truth is Tsvangirai anodiwa neveruzhinji veZimbabwe, but that's doesn't guarantee power. Munangwgwa was nominated by the majority in 2004 but he could not get to the VP position. Now Mujuru had a clear lead, but where is she. In Zimbabwe only Mugabe's voice matters. It's called dictatorship, stupid!

Prof Mlambo - 4 December 2014

MDC people do not know what you want . you announced the 2008 results and said Tsangirai has beaten Mugabe but failed to get the 50 % + 1 . When ZEC announces the same results you cry foul .

changwara P - 4 December 2014

what Mugabe did is like when you and wife or husband are enjoying rubbing bellies and exchanging fluids in your bed room suddenly when sugar is about to come out she calls the name of a man next door . Can you say that is a mistake she has nothing to do with that man . Only an insane person can say so .

Diibulaanyika - 4 December 2014

Zimbabwe with the highest literacy rate on the continent. Took one month to tally total votes. To any any normal sane person it must ring bells. Mugabe lost 2008 elections. Mugabe is one brutal cunning man who don't slip a tongue, worse slipping to 73%. why 73% not any other number. The guilty minds. Mugabe is running low on airtime.

X-MAN IV - 4 December 2014

He won 73% right but he was not able to defend that victory. instead through timidity he chose to abandon the people for Botswana living his supporters leaderless and at the messy of zanupf mongrels who went on to butcher them like sheep without a sherphard

Tsvangirai the dismal failure - 4 December 2014

Elections have always been stolen by ZANU PF since 1980. Now the great idiot spurts out the truth about the 2008 elections and some people act surprised, really....?

Mpumie - 4 December 2014

reading comments here is like reading short essays written by hired mentally challenged individuals! Mugabe is correct when he has a slip of a tongue in favour of sekuru tsvangirai and when he says the truth about tsvangirai then he is an imbecile! come on Zimbabwe wake up and smell the coffee! my sekuru tsvangirai is just a total loser! Zimbabwe is better off without my sekuru!

muzukuru wa tsvangirai - 4 December 2014

reading comments here is like reading short essays written by hired mentally challenged individuals! Mugabe is correct when he has a slip of a tongue in favour of sekuru tsvangirai and when he says the truth about tsvangirai then he is an imbecile! come on Zimbabwe wake up and smell the coffee! my sekuru tsvangirai is just a total loser! Zimbabwe is better off without my sekuru!

muzukuru wa tsvangirai - 4 December 2014

reading comments here is like reading short essays written by hired mentally challenged individuals! Mugabe is correct when he has a slip of a tongue in favour of sekuru tsvangirai and when he says the truth about tsvangirai then he is an imbecile! come on Zimbabwe wake up and smell the coffee! my sekuru tsvangirai is just a total loser! Zimbabwe is better off without my sekuru!

muzukuru wa tsvangirai - 4 December 2014

I ask again if you are bonking your wife and your name for example is Mugabe and she is Grace during the process she starts saying ah ah iwe Gideon Mhani ah wena wena Gideon stop it stop it . This Gideon herds your cattle you know him .And you always suspected that this guy is bonking your wife . What are going to do . Are going to say she has nothing to do with Gideon it was just a slip of tongue . ? May e b if you are very sick in your head you can say so .

Diibulaanyika - 5 December 2014

@ mr chix. Yes that is TRUE and everyone knows it Mugabe also knows that people are aware he has been rigging national elections since 2000. His fear of paying a visit to the HAGUE if he retires makes him do anything thinkable and unthinkable to remain in office for life. Corruption, elimination of perceived enemies, disregard of the Rule of Law, refusal to fully implement the new Zimbabwe Constitution, demanding that members of all different churches in Zimbabwe must BUY Zanu Pf membership cards, patronage and nepotism are all employed by Mugabe to ensure his "LIFE PRESIDENCE". MAY GOD HELP US.

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DR - 5 December 2014

Dont waste our time. Nothing will change.

Ndugu - 5 December 2014

Batsirayi Jehovha nokuti vanoda nokutya Mwari vapera.

mz - 5 December 2014

haaa Tsvangirai akatodhakwaaa,,,ano promoter homosexuality,opedza akaroora muna November kikikikikiki,,,,he does not posses the qualities of a good leader .....

matuzvanye - 5 December 2014

Ndiyo inonzi clutching on straws Yamaha Kunitz Isi. 73% munoiziva imi?

Ban'as - 5 December 2014

Oga asi uri kudya ne status quo.Usanyepere kupenga.Kwana

tongesai - 5 December 2014

Even if the truth is told Tswangirai expected to be carried on a golden chair to the state house instead of forcing himself to power.

bhiza - 6 December 2014

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. . .

Give - 13 December 2014

Mugabe is now tellng the truth coz the 2008 electns still haunt him. Mutsvangwa and silaygwana who were stopped from announcing the 2008 election results know it from the bottom of their hearts that mdc had won by 73%. Even the chief lies correspondent Reuben Barwe stammered and mumbled when he announced the cooked lies such that even a fool could that some rotton filthy game was being played these very evil satanists.Dodomos mutasa was pro-mugabeism at that time ,im surprised that he now confirms that the independent press tell it like it is. That is very true but he is an idiot and a half to discover that so lately.

benito - 21 December 2014

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