Tsvangirai hints at 2018 election boycott

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday told thousands of his supporters that the MDC will not take part in any future elections, including the much anticipated 2018 general polls, unless electoral reforms are put in place.

Addressing hundreds of his party supporters in Harare’s Glen View suburb, Tsvangirai said partaking in any polls in the country before reforms are put in place is an “exercise in futility”.

Explaining why, the country’s main opposition is not participating in the forthcoming June 10 by-elections, Tsvangirai said the ruling Zanu PF government, has perfected the art of rigging and thus could easily manipulate the polls.

At least 14 seats are up for grabs — with Zanu PF set to lock horns with independent candidates after the MDC’s withdrawal.

“We could have easily retained the seats, but we are not going to elections until reforms are put in place, we shall push for reforms until (President Robert) Mugabe concedes that they are necessary,” said Tsvangirai.

The former Prime Minister also explained why the MDC expelled the renegade 21 MPs (from the breakaway MDC renewal camp) from Parliament — a controversial move that triggered the by-elections.

“When we expelled the 21 MPs it was not personal, but it was based on principle, we cannot promote an opposition within an opposition. We gave them ample time to return but they did not take heed, instead they concentrated on personal attacks instead of tackling Mugabe.”

Tsvangirai, who has lost three consecutive elections to Mugabe, albeit in controversial circumstances, said the MDC popularity — unfortunately does not transform into power.

“We cannot continue voting when that does not transform into change,” said Tsvangirai.

Comments (9)

Is boycotting going to put enough pressure to effect electoral reforms?

Afrophobia - 24 April 2015

Is boycotting going to put enough pressure to effect electoral reforms?

Afrophobia - 24 April 2015

this guy is unwell. he is not thinking properly. pls mdc t replace him with a right thinking person or else zanu panyanga forever.

zvirozviyedzwa - 24 April 2015

Thousands of his supporters were told and later on its hundreds of his supporters which are being addressed. Which is which? or the two mean the same? Lets tell it like it is.

DM - 24 April 2015

I don't get it: How then does the MDC plan to ascend to power if not through the ballot? Surely, with ZANU enjoying support from the AU and the SADC, as opposed to the MDC, they will not mero motu begin to implement the electoral reforms sought! To think otherwise will be foolhardy of anyone. Isn't this party clearly led by a cry baby mahlabezulu??? Moreso, weren't the MDC rebels better "devils" in the traditionally MDC strongholds than ZANU that has been afforded a golden opportunity to re-entrench itself? Please explain nhai Morgan.

OkaSlwane - 24 April 2015

Wena Silwanyana akuyekele ukuwumana ephakathini kanti yini le oyibhemayo uma uMorgan eyi sithutha why wena unga thathi isi kundla sakhe angithi uhlakaniphile . Khanya angazathi uphume izolo eNgutsheni .

Diibulaanyika - 24 April 2015

@DM what a good note, it is clear the newspaper is trying to create a story out of nothing. On another hand, Tsvangirai should have pushed more for reforms while he was Prime Minister.

Mentalist - 24 April 2015

Bambo Morgan politics dzinenge dzinoashupawo,how can yu boycot elections and expect to get into power?He failed to level what he always call the playing field when he was PM,how can he expect to do it from outside?In politics nothing is fair,elections of 1980 ,akaitwa varungu vatori mberi,they had seats reserved for them and who was in charge of all the logistics?But Zanu went on to win.Does he expect ZANU PF to give him a lot of space so that he can remove it from power?Haana kumbofudza mombe mukomana uyu,dai akafudza achiziva kuti even zvibhakera zveikoko hazvina formula,but kana warohwa warohwa

wasu - 25 April 2015

ndezvekupenga izvo isu hatiite zvema group kaisu

duske - 30 April 2015

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