Tsvangirai blasts Sadc

via Tsvangirai blasts Sadc – DailyNews Live by Xolisani Ncube

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the Sadc election observer mission has failed to live up to its set guidelines for free and fair elections.

He said the observer team produced a “saddening” report that is “factually wrong”.

Tsvangirai told journalists after visiting his incarcerated chief elections agent Morgen Komichi at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison yesterday that the report released by the Bernard Membe-led Sadc election observer team endorsed an election that fell short of the regional bloc’s own minimum standards for a free and fair election.

“The final report is not different from the initial endorsement of the elections,” Tsvangirai told reporters outside the prison.

“What I fail to read in the report is first and foremost that in Maputo, Sadc was very clear that certain reforms and processes were key if free and fair elections were to be conducted.

“And secondly, Sadc has guidelines; they don’t even mention whether our elections passed the test of those benchmarks, they don’t even make that reference.”

The former prime minister, who lost the hotly-contested July poll to his bitter rival President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party, said he was not happy with the manner the regional body conducted itself in Zimbabwe elections.

“I am actually disappointed because certain narratives reflect a Zanu PF narrative,” he said. “For example, how does an observer talk about pirate radio stations? How do you talk about sanctions and that the opposition is campaigning for sanctions that is why they lost the elections? I think there is nothing new, they have endorsed.”

Speaking in Harare on Monday at the presentation of the Sadc observer mission’s final report on the July 31 elections, Membe said opposition groups should call for the lifting of sanctions, warning Zanu PF would be difficult to remove if the measures remained in place.

“Let me tell you this passionately from my heart, and if there are opposition leaders here and if there are opposition people in this conference you know this question of sanctions must be fought by all parties,” Membe said.

“To tell the world to remove the sanctions because if you don’t it’s very difficult for the opposition to win elections. As long as sanctions are there this Zanu PF will prevail for 100 years to come if you hear me.”

The  MDC leader said he will continue engaging with the regional bloc even though he does not expect any changes with regards to its endorsement of the polls. He said he was eager to  have facts known.

Sadc deployed 600 observers countrywide for the July 31 vote. The Sadc report issued on Monday “endorsed” the outcome of the election, but Tsvangirai said it was expected given that they had already endorsed the result in their preliminary report.

He said by referring to the issue of sanctions and pirate radio stations, which had nothing to do with the manner in which the last elections were prepared and conducted; the Sadc observer mission leader “was certainly reading from a Zanu PF script.” He said he would launch a formal complaint with Sadc and the African Union (AU).

Tsvangirai said he was aware of the crisis of expectation from the people Zimbabwe, whom he said had their “victory stolen”. He cautioned that dealing with a the current regime required time, patience and resilience, adding that the MDC would continue with the democratic means to bring change in Zimbabwe.

He said the biggest mistake Zimbabweans could make was to give up the struggle for political change, adding he would soon consult with the people of Zimbabwe on the way forward.

Tsvangirai was visiting Komichi who is incarcerated at the Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison on charges of contravening the electoral law.

Senator Komichi was arrested in July after he handed to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) a special vote ballot paper which had been picked from a dustbin at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) in the last election.

Tsvangirai said it was absurd that instead of prosecuting Zec officials for negligence, they were instead incarcerating Komichi for exposing the irregularity.

“It is strange that they chose to incarcerate Komichi instead of Zec for its negligence in the election,” said the MDC president.

He took opportunity to visit the remaining four Glen View 29 accused Last Maengahama, Yvonne Musarurwa, Simon Mapanzure and Tungamirai Madzokere. He said he was encouraged to see them in good spirit.

He said the four including Komichi gave him words of encouragement to continue with the struggle for a new democratic dispensation.

“I was quite touched and encouraged to hear them say, ‘president do not give up, let us continue with the fight’,” Tsvangirai said.


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    Morgan , you should give it up and go and live with your children overseas . You are
    ” farting against thunder”

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    beck son 9 years ago

    Mogern is a true fighter he will never give up like u idiot like street woman

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    Qiniso 9 years ago

    “To tell the world to remove the sanctions because if you don’t it’s very difficult for the opposition to win elections. As long as sanctions are there this Zanu PF will prevail for 100 years to come if you hear me.” This Membe dude has a point. Zanu will always hide behind sanctions and the only way to expose their short comings is to call for the removal of sanctions.

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    Black 9 years ago

    Please Mr Tsvangson, Zimbabweans are now mature they will never die for your. Never think they will take to the streets again. Your main problem is that you are a mouthpiece of Britain and America. You must have your own political ideology. Never again will Zmbabweans vote for a representative of the west. You are wasting your time.

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    The onus lies with zanupf when it comes to sanctions, they need to respect the rule of law, treat other people with respect, stop stealing the elections and stop abusing state institution for their benefits.

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    Tsuro 9 years ago

    A lesson for MDC-T: NEVER trust SADC. They are ZanuPF bootlickers. You were warned and you never listened to advice from your own people. It might pay to listen next time, if there is a next time.

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    zvavharwa 9 years ago

    As I said long time ago,mdc is so stupid.how can u campaign for sanctions to force regime change?if ppl become resistant to poverty steming from yo sanctions then u r dead.remove sanctions and find another strategy early coz 5 yrs isn’t a long tym considering mdc’s slo thinking

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    chimusoro 9 years ago

    I think we are lucky Morgan did not win. You are too naive and allowed yourself to be prostituted by Zanu PF. The quicker you quit the better. We need better quality opposition.

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    …save your words…they just fall on sleeping presidents…

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    Augastine Chihuri 9 years ago

    Nhai Zvavharwa, you are so brain washed by znpf that you cannot reason on your own. These are not economic sunctions but just travel bans only to the elite criminals of znpf. How old are you anyway? This country was on economic sunctions by the west before independance but that old white dud (Smith) & his crew never complained instead the economy continued to be firm until my beloved uncle Bob came in nyika tikaiita mamvemve. Nyadzi dzinokunda rufu, pafa munhu hapashaikwi muroyi saka tongotio sanctions. Aslka chiregaivo kufa pfungwa nomutoo iwoyu.

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    Do what it takes Mr President Tsvangirai, keep going and fighting,and we respect you and support you…We pray for you.
    God Bless Zimbabwe.

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    adam jones 9 years ago

    talking of mouth pieces, i recall nkosazan dlamini zuma as SA foreign minister – she parotted zanu pf hogwash even jonathan moyo would envy her. the whole SADC is being used by zanu pf. now khama and promising banda in malawi are firmly in the zanu pocket. i am ashamed. africa cannot stand for democracy? only misplaced support for desports? and its getting worse. i hear kenyata has withdrawn kenya from the ICC – (note that I did not say his country – but kenya because the coutry is not his. he is also a kenyan like all). mugabe says zimbabwe is his – hee? in SA zuma is stambling from one criss to another. meanwhile strikes have become the order of the day. the gold mining industry is loosing 300 000 000 rands a day – now how can that be sustainable? the motor industry is having problems and so is the power generation sector. yet we still hear talk of solidarity between african leaders against the so called west despite obvoius failings closer to home. the zanu desease is spreading across the region and regional leaders have become willing acceptors. if it works for zanu it will work for us. ahh …. go on then. mwawondonga buku ……. !!!!