Zanu PF begged for mercy in 2008: Tsvangirai

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday revealed how a desperate Zanu PF had dispatched its leading lights to him, allegedly including former State Security minister Nicholas Goche, to try and broker a deal that would save the party’s and President Robert Mugabe’s bacon after they had lost the March 2008 elections.

Amplifying the stunning revelations at the weekend by former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa that Zanu PF bigwigs had been left numbed by that surprising loss, the former prime minister’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said Zanu PF had initially conceded defeat but soon changed its position and went on to use thuggish methods to remain in power.

Speaking to the Daily News from Tsvangirai’s Highlands home where he said he had gone to get more details and “the true story” about the 2008 events from his boss, Tamborinyoka however, disputed Mutasa’s assertion that the opposition leader had contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by running away from the country after winning the polls instead of seizing power at the time.

He said Tsvangirai had only left the country for Botswana at the time because his life was indisputably in danger at the time, in addition to also using the opportunity to drum up much-needed regional and continental support.

“You should know, for example, that Goche held a meeting with (former MDC deputy treasurer-general Elton) Mangoma and conceded defeat.

“Goche asked that we accommodate Zanu PF in the new government. After initially conceding defeat, they then went on to hold their own politburo meeting where they reversed that decision and said they would now go for a presidential run-off.

“Mind you, in the March 14 Sadc meeting before the delayed election results came out  (former South African President Thabo) Mbeki spoke about the possibility of a run-off and when we look in retrospect we can now conclude that a plan was already underway to subvert the will of the people,” Tamborinyoka said.

Goche, who has since been brutally purged from both the post-congress Zanu PF formation and the government — on untested claims that he, former Vice President Joice Mujuru and other party bigwigs were plotting to oust and kill Mugabe — was once one of the nonagenarian’s most trusted lieutenants.

It was in that light that he was subsequently appointed one of Zanu PF’s negotiators in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) talks that ultimately led to the formation of a stabilising government of national unity.

Although the MDC and Tsvangirai won the 2008 elections, authorities later said, after weeks of suspicious prevaricating on the election outcome, that he had failed to garner enough votes to win the presidential poll outright — which they claimed necessitated the holding of a run-off that was characterised by serious violence and the murder of hundreds of opposition supporters.

“Tsvangirai went out to engage the region and he didn’t flee as alleged by some. He went to engage the region and the region did intervene if you check the record,” Tamborinyoka said yesterday, going on to urge Mutasa to “reveal all and stop hiding under the alleged oath of secrecy”.

“It is really amazing that Mutasa is finally coming out and stating what took place. But we want to know everything. He should tell the nation who withheld the results, who killed innocent Zimbabweans and who subverted the will of the people. He should tell all,” Tamborinyoka said.

“While we appreciate that he has finally seen the light, he must stop hiding behind the oath of secrecy and reveal all about the murders, abductions and violence,” he added.

Tamborinyoka said Mutasa’s weekend remarks fully justified why his party had resolved to boycott elections until critically-needed electoral reforms were implemented.

“What Mutasa said vindicates our stance that no reforms, no elections. As long as there are no reforms, the will of the people will always be subverted. So we say no reforms, no elections and we are not going back on that,” he said.

Mutasa, a former close Mugabe confidante revealed for the first time at the weekend that he and other Zanu PF officials were shocked out of their pants after Tsvangirai and the MDC won the 2008 elections — to the extent that he had rushed to Harare from Rusape to try and protect Mugabe at his official residence.

Now out in the cold after being axed from the ruling party for siding with Mujuru, Mutasa said: “I immediately drove, at speed and alone, from my home in Rusape, to State House in Harare.

“I was terrified, I had to go and protect the president from harm as we were frightened Tsvangirai would do what he said he would do and march to State House. If he had, no policeman would have stopped him. Instead,” Mutasa laughed, “Tsvangirai went to Botswana.”

In those elections, Mutasa was the only Zanu PF senior official who retained his parliamentary seat, while Tsvangirai easily beat Mugabe in the first round of the presidential poll before pulling out of the second round because hundreds of his supporters had been killed.

“I don’t know how much cheating there was in elections, but I do know that in 2013 (Finance minister) Patrick Chinamasa cheated to win. He bussed people in (to vote for him.) I protested to him and to the Zimbabwe Election Commission.

“We will never know how many people voted for Zanu PF out of fear. I didn’t know there was fear in those days. I now see it myself. And there is a lot of fear. And I must say, again, I am very, very sorry. That I must stand up to be counted.”

Mutasa also said that he regularly chaired the informal but powerful Joint Operations Command, a structure of top security personnel that meets once a week.

“We discussed many things, such as violence. How to stop it. If food was short we talked about how to find it, usually from South Africa. The joint command did produce top-secret documents every week.

“Secrecy still binds me, from when I was minister. But of course, you know that some waiters in hotels work for the CIO. Your phones are listened to a lot. The CIO is huge.

“It produces many reports. From the UN, there will regularly be a report. A report about the British. Or India. Not very good reports really. I had to read them. They made me tired.”

“I do now know that Zanu PF did violence. And cheated in elections. But both sides did violence, I accept it was mostly Zanu PF violence. I am very sorry about that,” Mutasa said.

Comments (49)

Tsvangirayi sold out the struggle PERIOD

gr8zimbo - 23 June 2015

Its common knowledge that Zanu PF did loose the 2008 elections, beyond reasonable doubt and its interesting news.

Troy - 23 June 2015

We are all going in circles here. The point is and still remains that Morgan Tsvangirai should have stayed put and refuse to join the the so called Government of National Unity. Morgan is to blame for all this. The people had voted for him but he let them down. He did not even consult with electorate on whether to join the GNU or not. Morgan saved a sinking ship from drowning. What did he expect.... to effect change from within kikikiki...... A leopard never changes its spots..... Zanu pf inorwadza tose......

THETE - 23 June 2015

coward morgan Tsvangirai. if he had won the election why would he agree to join hands with Zanu Pf. thats nonsense

wind - 23 June 2015

Tsvangirai is such a bloody COWARD, he wants the people to do the dirty work for him. This guy is NOT serious at all.

Mudhiniwe - 23 June 2015

Mutasa has no information that will benefit anyone. However, I fear that he may be abducted or even murdered by the MDC-T so that it would appear Zanu PF did it out of fear that 'more information' would be revealed. Zanu pf should be wary that someone may do a 'Dzamara' on Mutasa. Ngwarirai.

machakachaka - 23 June 2015

This is all waters under the bridge. Its now of no value to tell us of what happened but to regroup and strategise for the future. What happened its for strategists the rest of us are told what to do. Matakadya kare haanyaradze mwana. It is true the that Morgan went to Bottswana after receiving a dearth threat. How can you become a leader kana uchitya kufa. Look at the likes of Tonderai Ndira and Chiminya. I remember how brave they were during their short lived days. Those who really fought the war perished ava varipo ava mapochers. You must die so that you liberate others. What did you in the Unity GVt mese. Nothing. So lets regroup for the good of the people and this does not only apply to ZANU PF. Lets work for our people and stop these utterances. Murikuguta vamwe hatina chatinacho. Chasara kuisa maToe Gates Mutown because revenue collection options are disappearing everyday. Where will we be in 2018 under these hardships. Now we have The Grace Trust all over. Tambatamba chidembo muswe ndakabata. Finally what is next. Watch and see. Stay Cool

F Rusinga - 23 June 2015

This is all waters under the bridge. Its now of no value to tell us of what happened but to regroup and strategise for the future. What happened its for strategists the rest of us are told what to do. Matakadya kare haanyaradze mwana. It is true the that Morgan went to Bottswana after receiving a dearth threat. How can you become a leader kana uchitya kufa. Look at the likes of Tonderai Ndira and Chiminya. I remember how brave they were during their short lived days. Those who really fought the war perished ava varipo ava mapochers. You must die so that you liberate others. What did you in the Unity GVt mese. Nothing. So lets regroup for the good of the people and this does not only apply to ZANU PF. Lets work for our people and stop these utterances. Murikuguta vamwe hatina chatinacho. Chasara kuisa maToe Gates Mutown because revenue collection options are disappearing everyday. Where will we be in 2018 under these hardships. Now we have The Grace Trust all over. Tambatamba chidembo muswe ndakabata. Finally what is next. Watch and see. Stay Cool

F Rusinga - 23 June 2015

kkkkk bazukulu morgan this....morgan that... what of you, who refused to take over if you feel you can do better. Morgan did what he had to do for self.....why should he have himself acid for your seek, who are you to him. If you feel you better leader to take over...come out be counted.

UNCLE REAL - 23 June 2015

Zvinorwadza kana ari iwo maitikiro azvakaita.Saka Zanu haisikuzobva nyangwe zvodii because after the results their politiburo will still meet and decide the next move and the winner will wait to hear from them whether to take office or not. Saka maelections acho anobatsirei?

ngwarai - 23 June 2015

i used to wonder what it really means to sing for your supper, kwakwakwa. Didymus is really in the cold now. Yes all what he is saying could have happened so what? If prosecution is to be opened he is among the first to be apprehended. so if he really feel that the people should come first he must heroically hand himself over to the police as soon as yesterday. bullshit

barue - 23 June 2015

the truth of the matter is that all this talk helps us nothing at the end of the day tsvangirai ad his band of mdc this mdc that have lost credibility there ridden with money and sex scandals and didymus wants to tell us this now to help the people how ? as long the people of zim keep talking and NO action we will be stuck in this situation . we are waiting for these repentant ones the mujuru s and core to take real action then we will support them there the better devils with enough guts to stand up and say something

george - 23 June 2015

Tsvangirai betrayed the faith and trust we had in him and sold all of us out. Never will I ever place even the slightest bit of trust in him again. Ndapedza naye.

Moses Chibagwe - 23 June 2015

please my friends ndakanyora kare mucomment yangu ndichiti Chamatama sold out, ndichiti MDC-T yakanga yabata ZANU PF pahuro yavakufemera kure panekuti irambe yakabata kuti itandadze ndipo pakufurirwa naMbeki neGNU apo yakange yapererwa, zvichinzi vanhu vapera nekuuraiva, vanhu vashupika ndipo payakaregedza pahuro yeZANU PF. Dai ZANU neZAPU vakati ngatimirei hondo nekuti vana vapera paChimoyo, paTembwe nepaFreedom Camp murungu angadai arikutonga nhasi, panehondo panekufa nekutambudzika. saka Chamatama akatengesa MDCs will never ever get in power, 2008 was their year.

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Dr - 23 June 2015

so what now?how does this and that change the state of things?whether there is rice in my sand or sand in my rice,this food is not good it must be changed.

baba jukwa - 23 June 2015

The power base of Mugabe has always been the army and security services but during that period Mugabe power base had collapsed due to economic meltdown. He couldn't pay them anymore. The soldiers were about to revolt against Mugabe. Unfortunately MDC-T didn't take the opportunity. Having said that the good news is that we are heading back to the same situation and I am sure a lesson was learnt by all Zimbabweans.

Ziziharinanyanga - 23 June 2015

i used to wonder what it really means to sing for your supper, kwakwakwa. Didymus is really in the cold now. Yes all what he is saying could have happened so what? If prosecution is to be opened he is among the first to be apprehended. so if he really feel that the people should come first he must heroically hand himself over to the police as soon as yesterday. bullshit

barue - 23 June 2015

what is coming out clearly is that Tsvangirayi failed failed to mobilise his critical mass at a crucial. He wanted to be declared a winner by Zanu PF. Now a lot of people dont believe in him. He is a coward and ran away. Its all very clear that some one who would have claimed victory. What happened in Zim is no different to what happened in Ivory Coast. But the opposition had a better leader than in Zim

madagara kasulumane - 23 June 2015

Only idiots like Mugabe would want to rule people by force .Morgan did every thing right and it is silly to say he was supposed to claim power how? The ruling party was supposed to hand over power and accept defeat simply as that no donkey fight that is barbarian,

Diibulaanyika - 23 June 2015

I also never supported the GNU monster. It was like putting make up on a pig. Mugabe wanted that GNU thing to find his grove back, to buy time. And Tsvangirayi fell into the trap. I hate it, I HATE Mugabe, with all my being. That man is a conman. zanu Pf as whole is full of stupid conmen. They are all sorry now that they lost positions. Note that there is no one who remained in that party who is sorry. It's all a facade. They are playing with our minds. Even the likes of Dabengwa, are on record as saying Tsvangirayi cannot run this country. Yet no one amongst them can do anything. They can't convince villagers to vote for them, they failed to convince Mugabe to change, they failed to run anything in this country...... instead running our country to the ground. And silly Mutasa says he is bound by secrecy?? What secrecy? He is a coward, he must say the bad things they said, they did as JOC! He is not saying it because he wants to remain relevant to the people. The truth is that he was one of the BADDEST Zanu people and for that he must resign from politics in shame. He cannot release information selectively. He cannot ask for forgiveness if he cannot make full disclosure. Mdidimus Mutasa is a skunk

PHAPHAMANI - 23 June 2015

This information is just total garbage as it doesnt help anyone in Zim and a rational journalistic mouthpiece should not waste space and time over trivialities when we have a lot better to concentrate on.Mr Editor please do us a favour

carson macate - 23 June 2015

One has to be deranged or be an incorrigible Zanoid to ever think that all this vital information that is slowly but surely coming out is not important. In order to move forward as a nation and deal with our fear, the prevailing dictatorship, unemployment and poverty, we need to know and understand where we are coming from. Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 23 June 2015

Who declares winners in an election,is it not the electoral commission.they sided with bro mgabe.so stop blaming Morgan for all the ills that zim is facing,after all,all the rot started way back in 80

zondo - 23 June 2015

2008 was my first round of elections to be eligible to vote and I did so with confidence knowing that my vote was going to sent zanu packing because of hardships I had suffered in high xool & varsity but without the ability to cast a vote that would express my right; zanu ichingowa busy kuputsa masystem. In 2002 & 2005 I knew, instictively, that Tsvangirayi had won. zanu yakapedzesera kuvhoterwa kare kare warumhe. lets be careful of Dhidhimas coz akuda kutishandisa kurwisa his foes nekuti akadzingwa sekahanda, so let him say whatever they did but WE must NEVER accept him as a relevant politician; he is no diferent to the goats still in zanu. Mbudzi dzichiri muzanu dzakanyarara nekuti hadzisati dzadzingwa chete. Then to you Tsvangirayi, Biti anga aramba kuti tipinde muGNU iwe ukati aiwa; chinzwa zvaakutaurwa nanaDhidhimas nhasi! Sometimes listen and be rational kana uchidealer newamwe wako. Nhasi zanu yasekesa (shaked) mdc kusvika kwaane mamdc hameno mangani. Tsvangirayi!!! but when zanu still have ma hencman anenge wana Chihuri nana Chiwenga and company wachirhana Home Affairs we have little chance ukuwo wana Rita wachivhura makumbo nekugara beya wari kuzec nemunhu uya anonzi Silaigwana.....haaa ndonzwa hasha because the system is full of educated, corrupt hypocrites who can do anything for money wasina hanya nemasewage, dry water tapes unexplained power cuts, multitudes of vendors in the CBD and closing companies with industrial areas covered with grass and falling precast concerate, hosipitals without doctors, nurses and even linen etc; hatifi takapunyuka wanhu awa hawana hanya nesu guys. ndatoo nehasha! Kana tikaita hondo totanga kuuraya wanaMutasa first tichikwidza kusvuka pana Bob. nckii...hklati mhan!

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 June 2015

@ Khumalo, well said mfethu we need the infor, let Dhidhimas halucinate as much as he can. I urge wana Mayi Mujuru to also sleep talk and corroborate what this imbecile is saying. zanu ngaibve mangwana chaiwo because they stole 5 yrs of illegally ruling us when we had unequivocaly booted them out. Asi muchatondera Bob kachiti hatibviswe neballot, its the bullet that briught the ballot? Muchidimbu aiti kana mukavhotera Tsvangson tongorambirapo;we did so ende wakangorambirapo! Let these maggots speak kuti tigonyatso facer Mbeki nerimwe dusvura rinonzi obasanjo raipihwa mazimari rokakama nechinaijimbi richiti freefair feefair zvenhando.

Samanyika Chaiye - 23 June 2015

Just worries me that Mutasa may disappear before he spills the beans!!!

Tozvirevakupiko - 23 June 2015

"Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday revealed how a desperate Zanu PF had dispatched its leading lights to him, allegedly including former State Security minister Nicholas Goche, to try and broker a deal that would save the party's and President Robert Mugabe's bacon after they had lost the March 2008 elections" BALONEY!!! Does anyone still take this dude serious? Why save Mugabe when he Tsvangison wanted to be the President? This report is full of holes.

Qinsio - 23 June 2015

stop blaming Tsvangirayi .... i thinkj MDC made a mistake agreeing to that GNU...but if you look at it they saved a country that was on it's knees. the main thing is isu mazimbabweans we do not play our role . by now we should have protested against APF. Itai Dzamara akashaya support. we want good, but we are not willing to sacrifice.

general tichatonga - 23 June 2015

Please give us real news not this. After 7 years, does this change anything. Why only now. I think we are being diverted from the truth to other bunch lies. Anothe game plan. Another ZANU PF project.

Chedondo - 23 June 2015

Vanhu veZimbabwe you are funny ,hamuzirimi manga maka batira tsvangirai matemo kuti apinde mu GPA ne kuti manga mamama nenzara ya 2008 hezvino, makubata tuma usd tushomanini ashata futi

Guzha - 23 June 2015

Vana Chedondo tibvirei apa. Munoita semunoziva news. What is going on for your own benefit chedondo is very important. Iwe chedondo ngatiti une hama yako yakauraiwa 20 years ago and someone is confessing today that he is the one or he knows who killed your relative, would you call that irrelavant? Fungawo veduwe. As much as it would not bring your relative back but it gives your mind some rest. Let people talk. If you want alternative news googler.

dzidzo - 23 June 2015

If ZPF begged for mercy why did the MDC give away so much ground????

TruthBTold - 24 June 2015

So what next after these revelations? We want our vote. These thieves need to be treated the way Gaddafi was treated. We are suffering coz they stole our vote. No. Pasi navo kusvika muguva

Dr. Tichy - 24 June 2015

Tsvagirai i think if you knew about this ,then you are equally to blame for suffering of the Zimbabwean people.dont be afraid of death when you claim to be a revolutionary just like me...lets march to the state house and remove this regime right now.

nasty o - 24 June 2015

Yes we begged for mercy. And some of us even wet their pants.

Gumbochuma - 24 June 2015

So what next after these revelations? We want our vote. These thieves need to be treated the way Gaddafi was treated. We are suffering coz they stole our vote. No. Pasi navo kusvika muguva

Dr. Tichy - 24 June 2015

And, so what, cowardly Mr Tsvangirayi! This is a story of the jackal and crow - that was political ploy, Mr Tsvangirayi!

Lance Kajokoto - 24 June 2015

its now morgan begging for mercy this time around. lack of political maturity caused this man to let power slip through his fingers. the same thing will happen again and again as long as morgan is the leader of the mdc t.

zvirozviyedzwa - 24 June 2015

so mugabe is a real politician , kana muchiti akadyiwa muna 2008 and he is still rulling ndinomuomberera maoko coz politics hadzidi chikoro chakapusa .this mdc fools think dailynews and mutasa will make them rule one day , ini ndaseka zvangu . mdc will never rule Zimbabwe chero mukandituka zvangu .

hokoyo - 24 June 2015

Cowards are the rest of you who are using pseudo names to attack Morgan Tsvangirai. What are you doing yourselfves to save Zimbabwe? Bloody Zimbabwean cowards writting from some small apartment in the UK after a day washing the old ladies at some old people's home.

Munyaradzi Ncube - 25 June 2015

Mr Tsvangirai , shut your fuck up and sit down . you are a failure , a coward and greedy pedophile , if you knew you had won thew elections why did you accept a rerun , why did you run away ? you ran away to save your scandalous life whilst my brothers and sisters were being killed for your sake . you have no idea of how to govern a nation , you are just a pony in this game .... you go were the americans want you to go idiot

Shelz - 25 June 2015

Rubbish. Forget those elections. Thina we want to know about Gukurahundi. Who planned it and why? How many where involved in planning and directing; who wrote the 1979 Grand Plan? What the relationship between the Grand Plan and Gukurahundi is? All theproblems regarding subsequent elections, violence, intolerance of opposition etc stem from the Gukurahundi period!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 25 June 2015

@Shelz , given a tuckshop I am sure under your supervision it can collapse within a week. All you know is to blame . Your superstar has put Zimbabwe to its knees because of his mismanagement and greed. Leave Tsvangirai alone-he is leading cowards who can not support him in difficult times.

Referee - 25 June 2015

lts not Morgan who had to declare himself a winner. lmi why so ignorant. ZEC basa rayo ndereyi. lts the duty of this body to declare winners of elections. anyway we all know Mugabe lost 2009 election and that reains fact. This revelation by Mutasa although belated is very vital information and mark my words the end is near.

wonder - 25 June 2015

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