Mawarire calls on UN to intervene in Zim polls

HARARE - A pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe has demanded that the United Nations (UN) intervenes in Zimbabwe to avert another “stolen election.”

Evan Mawarire — whose #ThisFlag movement led the biggest anti-government rallies in a decade in 2016 — said Mugabe’s election-stealing antics have been documented throughout Zimbabwe and beyond.

“I am 40 years old, I had never been a politician. The one thing I know, I have watched election after election, the ones that have been rigged, the ones that have been lost controversially,” Mawarire told the ninth annual meeting of the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway last week.

“I have watched those things happen and I have always yearned can the regional powers come to our rescue, can the continent come to our rescue, can the United Nations come to our rescue, but sometimes there is so much going on in the world there is no one to listen to your trouble. Zimbabwe is entering a season of change,” he said.

He called on the UN to implement relevant council resolutions over the Zimbabwe crisis.

Mugabe, 93, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was endorsed by his ruling Zanu PF party last December to run in next year’s presidential election, his last allowed under a Constitution passed in 2013.

“It’s part of what shames us as Zimbabweans,” Mawarire said.

“Someone said this to me ‘Robert Mugabe was Mandela before Mandela was Mandela’. But somehow something went wrong.

“Today he is 93-years-old and has declared that next year he will be running for president and it’s a blot on him as a leader that he has failed to groom a successor…failed to take responsibility…failed to run Zimbabwe better than he received it…it troubles many Zimbabweans because we are trying to dream a new future,” he said.

“But we can’t because this past keeps holding on to us. And that’s what this young generation…represents with our courage that says we are not afraid of you anymore, we are more afraid of our children 20 years from now asking us why did we not do anything.”

Mawarire, who faces a 20-year sentence for charges that include attempting to subvert the government and inciting public violence, said: “The State continues to say they are not ready to prosecute, so continue to push my case forward.

“I have to report to the police regularly. I am followed by (State) security agents …my passport has been seized and I only have access to it when I apply to the High Court stating exactly where I am going.

“I want to take this moment to thank my parents, baba and amai Mawarire because they allowed me to use the title deeds to the only home my family has as surety for my return to Zimbabwe after I am done here.”

Comments (6)

The call is right. However it would have been far much louder and heart felt had a call come from an independent clergy. Now if UN or any would sympathize with your call, they are worried that they will even fuel your misguided desire to contest an political election when you have no political clout.

amina - 29 May 2017

Free and fair elections would be very good for the country. They will allow the people choose their government and take responsibility for the country. Let the people, if they want, bring in new leadership with vision and energy. If they want the old leadership, then that is OK too, But let the people choose without fear. Let the people vote knowing that their votes will not be tampered with.

david taylor - 29 May 2017

Mawarire is very correct in calling for the UN intervention in the Zimbabwe elections. You will note that the trend has been heavy numbers being recorded in rural constituencies in which polling stations are far apart and people are supposed to walk long distances. Because there are virtually no monitors in these rural constituencies as Zanu PF makes them no go areas for opposition parties, people dont actaully go to vote. Chiefs, headmen and others collect the names and ID numbers of all people in their areas, who are then registered as having voted. Ask anyone in the rural constituencies they will tell you they never voted since maybe 2005. All that is done is to have their IDs and names collected. Therefore, unless there are monitors in ALL poling stations to record the actual numbers who vote, going for elections against Zanu PF in such conditions is a pure waste of time.

MR COOPER - 29 May 2017

true mr cooper ,a sheer waste of time,so Evan Mawarire is 100% correct

hodyo - 29 May 2017

Mawarire is right we need transparency in the elections right we know Zanu is going to win a d you would wonder

Citizen Hwena - 30 May 2017

Sorry pal, Mugabe was never Mandela. Very different characters, very different philosophies and naturally different legacies. Nelson Mandela was humble - this important element is lacking in Robert Mugabe (and all his appointees). Zimbabweans have to rebel and oust the cruel govt instead of waiting for other organisations or countries to do their bidding, full stop. No abdication will help us.

Sagitarr - 31 May 2017

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