Chamisa piles pressure on ED

HARARE - MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says the opposition grouping plans to roll out more protests as the coalition ratchets up pressure on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to level the playing field ahead of this month’s harmonised elections.

A buoyant Chamisa — addressing a bumper crowd of thousands of party supporters  who turned up for the second round of anti-Zec demonstrations in Harare yesterday — said the continued intransigence of the electoral body’s chairperson Priscilla Chigumba  was only serving to politically galvanise long-suffering Zimbabweans.

In that light, Chamisa said he was planning to hold an even bigger march in Harare soon to force President Emmerson Mnangagwa to ensure a credible, free and fair election later this month.

“Mnangagwa’s only weapon is rigging but he must know that we are only targeting Chigumba now yet we know he is the problem and very soon we are going to take both of them head-on,” Chamisa said.

The MDC Alliance — which is arguably Mnangagwa’s biggest threat in the coming elections — has been demanding a raft of electoral reforms that Chamisa argues will guarantee a free and fair election.

The MDC Alliance includes the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) led by Tendai Biti; Welshman Ncube’s MDC; Jacob Ngarivhume’s Transform Zimbabwe; Zanu Ndonga headed by Denford Masiyarira; and the Multi-Racial Christian Democrats led by Mathias Guchutu.

The Alliance is demanding that Zec must avail an analysable electronic copy of the biometric voters’ roll for audit, access to observing the printing of the ballot papers, testing their chemical composition as well as monitoring their safe keeping and transportation to voting centres.

While Zec invited political parties to observe the printing of ballots, Chamisa’s election agent Jameson Timba said ballot printing had started three days before the scheduled date of observation by parties. He said the commission claimed it had started printing earlier because it was running out of time since it takes 30 days to print the ballots.

Zec, however, took 11 days to print the ballots, and announced yesterday that Fidelity Printers had finished inking the presidential and parliamentary poll ballot paper.

Chamisa told his supporters that Zanu PF was working hand in glove with Zec, and had engaged the services of Russian experts to tamper with the ballot papers and the voters’ roll.

“We know what they are doing and now they have brought in about 64 Russians who are tampering with the ballot papers and the voters’ roll.

“If they are helping Zanu PF, then we have an issue with them because we are a sovereign nation and foreigners must not interfere with our internal electoral processes,” he said.

He claimed that he was getting inside information of Mnangagwa’s shenanigans through military intelligence officials. He said the system was leaking like a sieve.

“Mnangagwa’s main undoing is the fact that he is leading a fractured party and has no support among those around him, so they are giving us information saying ‘Chamisa, go this way, look at that’, so I am aware of their game plan. So we are not going to repeat the 2013 mistake of going into an election without knowing what we will do if we are rigged.”

Chamisa also said yesterday’s demonstration was the last one where protestors would head back home. He said the forthcoming demos will be vigils at Zec offices until their demands are met.

He said initially, the MDC Alliance had 10 demands but have since agreed to drop others.

“What is not negotiable is the issue of the ballot paper printing and the voters’ roll. If we don’t agree on that one, then there is no election.

“They will not steal from us this time, so we will not go into an election that is predetermined and Mnangagwa must know that this is not a Zanu PF primary election where he can do as he pleases. This is a national election and there has to be consensus on the process. Without that, there will not be an election.

“This is the last demonstration we are going to do and go back home, the next round we will not go back home, we will sleep there, it is going to be a national demonstration. All villages will be closed,” he warned.

The former ICT minister in the inclusive government that lasted between 2009-13 said he had since escalated his grievances to regional, continental and international bodies such as Sadc, the African Union and the United Nations.

Chamisa said he warned Mnangagwa against creating fertile grounds for unrest in the country which could lead to instability, saying he and Zanu PF have more to lose than ordinary Zimbabweans.

“If they (Sadc, AU and UN) don’t give us a satisfactory response, we are going to be our own answer and I was telling the Zanu PF people that some of us do not own anything, we have no houses of our own, we have no businesses, we did not steal from anyone, so if there is unhappiness, those who looted national resources stand to lose. Do you know we have capacity to stop everything in the country because you the people are the owners of this country?

“Next week we will assess progress and if there is no movement, it means there is no more sleeping.  We have nothing to lose in this country, we have lost everything but we are ready to defend our vote.

“Next week will be decisive and when I say come, then you must respond. If we don’t agree, we will go a gear up and it is not good for Mnangagwa. He will quit putting on that scarf. I warned Mnangagwa that he is authoring instability by stealing an election. It invites trouble if we don’t agree,” Chamisa warned.

Suspicions of alleged rigging plans by Mnangagwa were raised when exiled former Cabinet minister and Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo sensationally claimed last month that he had unearthed an elaborate plot, where the ruling party had colluded with Zec to rig the July 30 general elections using hired foreign cyber experts.

Chigumba, however, strenuously denied the allegations, insisting that the electoral body was as independent as it must be according to the law.

But Chamisa insisted yesterday that Chigumba, who counter-argues that his demands are not provided for by the law, was offside because “I am a lawyer as well and the fact that it is not provided for does not necessarily mean that it is prohibited, so she must not hide behind the law.”

“If you are not hiding anything, why are you afraid to be transparent? We have said we have our scientists who will do a forensic test of each and every ballot paper and we will not compromise,” he said.

Comments (32)

demonstrations are the mandate of MDC ka

Riot263 - 12 July 2018

Has Chamisa explained to the people the exact intention of his marches? i mean the 'actual'

Django Django - 12 July 2018

movement for distructive change is more of a students union rather than a party, protests after protests shuwa

Hondo Zvenyika - 12 July 2018

let them make noise all they can, but the wont be any reforms as in accordance to the Zimbabwean constitution

Samora - 12 July 2018

ZEC has to be independent, Chamisa wants to use the people to infringe in ZEC's businesses

Dombo Rakaomarara - 12 July 2018

ko vaya vabuda vachi demander mari yavo vazodii, its embaracing shuwa how can the MDC pay people to demonstrate... what a shame

Aladin Aladin - 12 July 2018

Your march was agnst ZEC, then why promise ED another one? promise ZEC

Sankara - 12 July 2018

You can have as many marches as you can ED is a democratic President he allows it

Chamisa Neria - 12 July 2018

we spent the day hungry nezuro, apa we had been promised food and allowances then ma aspiring MPs acho otiza after march. manje tosangana mu ballot

Virus Vigoroso - 12 July 2018

Now I know this guy is on drugs....Saka he says ÖUR"scientists will test each and EVERY ballot paper??? That means every ballot paper for Presidential,PArliamentary&Council seats? Oh And Provincial Councils? And why only MDC Alliance scientists? Why not NCA or NPF or PRC or even ZANU scientists? And why should other parties trust kuti MDC acientists won't tamper with ballots dzacho??? This guy is now afraid of losing..... ndizvo zvavapo

wezhira - 12 July 2018

As we seek to counter the ZEC/ZANU soft rigging strategy let us consider methods of anchoring our vote in a way that it does not migrate. A suggestion has been made for a two pen mark. First you mark with an HB pencil then you mark with your Eversharp pen. I believe the Vote will be anchored and will not migrate Nikuvly to ZANU pf. If it does, the pencil mark will remain leading to say a 20% spoilt vote range. I submit that we will have a case for UN supervised elections. Zimbabweans, let us come up with further anti-rigging strategies

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 12 July 2018

@Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy Diasporans should be vocal to say why they have been leftout of voting

penismightier than the sword - 12 July 2018

Surely in this day and age how can we have an aspiring presidential candidate who believes ink moving on ballot papers. This would result in a clean sweep where the opposition would not get any votes ...Is this real. Day dreamers and uneducated Poly dropouts are a problem. This night school lawyers eish

Martz - 12 July 2018

When I ask my fellow Zimbabweans as we get closer to the elections, why we Africans were enslaved and colonized by the Arabs and Europeans, very few agree that it was because of our inferior weapons which was a result of ignorance of science and technology. Ignorance of what was happening in the world at that time was also a factor. Some still think that we were enslaved and colonized because we are black. What is your strategy to avoid the coming enslavement?

ADF - 12 July 2018

haahahha march my foot inganzi ingamarch here iyoyo yekuti vanhu vanotengwa kumarcher,

kokerai chisvo - 12 July 2018

chamisa's demo was senseless because he actually bribed people to do that.

dzimbabwe - 12 July 2018

kuswero marcher kuzec it shows nothing accept disorder and lack of confidance ye mdc coz it knows kuti ichadyiwa

kamba - 12 July 2018

its funny that chamisa is calling for free and fair election when he is not even able to conduct a fair demo

panda - 12 July 2018

but why can these shit guys leave zec do its own job?

cde masango - 12 July 2018

mdc suzasicaphula manje

madikizela - 12 July 2018

kwani kuda kuzoblamer zec yadyiwa apa

cde white - 12 July 2018

Read the report of police officers voting without party/candidate representatives, without observers and in front of the police superiors and you expect me to believe ZEC is any different, that ED is any different, ZANU is any different. You have the audacity to comment about night lawyers, about us leaving ZEC to do its job. What job? apart from rigging the election in favour of the 75 year old man. Guys you are being paid to tarnish Chamisa yet and yet ED, ZANU and ZEC are messing themselves. I am totally disappointed in Mnangagwa , for a minute in November I believed he was a really a new man. Totally disappointed.

Zum - 12 July 2018

If ZEC is unaware of the BULAWAYO police voting, does this not bring into question as to who really is running this election - the Junta or ZEC?

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 13 July 2018

T. Khupe is a much better leader than Nelson Bambazonke Muchekadzafa Khamisa/Chamisa

Ndiani Ndiani - 13 July 2018

chamisa kwawakutambira unomedzwa nerwizi

april tafi - 13 July 2018

Those who do not know how elections are rigged should rather first research have have sound and noble information.Chamisa is right and i would repeat he is right. These are my reasons ; 1. For elections to be free, fair and credible there is need for a voter's roll with all the information required by the participants - this has not been done. 2. How can polling stations be created for two people or so. 3.Transaparency in an election includes knowing , checking and certifying that the ballot papers are as per the requirements of the Electoral Act , in terms of their quantities , paper quality , nature of paper - mind you the issue of chromatography is really and it was used in 2013.Transparency should involve the distribution of ballot boxes and papers , their safe keeping etc. THE THINGS OR MATTERS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY ADDRESSED ARE NOT LIMITED TO WHAT I HAVE MENTIONED , THIS IS MEANT TO DISQUALIFY THE NONSENSE SAID BY SOME PERSONS ABOVE.

matebele warrior - 13 July 2018

There is not a single freedom fighter who died for ZANU pf, no, not for a party. According to Josiah Magam Tongogara the great general who died an unnatural and untimaly death...we were fighting a system. Today we are still fighting a system which is no different from that of Ian Smith. What has changed is the set of beneficiaries, that is all. So comrades, do not think for one minute you are the owners of the revolution or that you are greater than the people of Zimbabwe. No, not one person is more important than the people of Zimbabwe. Leave the young man alone. Let him fight his war. It is his time. His cause and the people's cause. CHAMISA PFEE

Diaspora Proxy Vote Strategy - 13 July 2018

Real zimbo want a free and fair election ,but those who are paid to tarnish chamisa will face the power of God from heaven. How can you betray the whole country for your own benefit . Just because you are being given silver pieces of coin and the rest are starving. Watch out ,God's time is irreversible.

chidhoro - 13 July 2018

Hapana akambotengwa kuti azouye ku demonstration . Munhu akutaura izvozvo hasi munhu we mdc ,ndewe imwe part arikutobhadharwa kuti ataure nhema. Chasiri kuziva ndechekuti machinja anomira na Nero kusvika new zimbabwe tayibata

chidhoro - 13 July 2018

We know this story. If opposition lost elections - they were rigged. Chamisa knows he is loosing.

Zimbo4ED - 13 July 2018

Chamisa is so hateful he wants to deport everyone but his supporters, like those 64 innocent whites visiting Zim.

Sam Bulawayo - 13 July 2018

I'm so disturbed by some people saying people ha e been paid to come to demo eish if Chamisa can afford to pay that crowd which came to demo and at the same time state media said the opposition is broke and bankrupt I don't understand I suggest all who is writing against Chamisa is also paid to write those shit on Chamisa this was happening in the struggle people where fighting against the Ian Smith system that is what this young man doing

Innocent - 14 July 2018

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