Tsvangirai Turns Down Zanu PF Overtures For Second GNU

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Tsvangirai Turns Down Zanu PF Overtures For Second GNU By Professor Matodzi and Simplicius Chirinda

Harare, August 14, 2013 – Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday disclosed that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party is courting him with the aim of forming a hybrid government and labeled the octogenarian leader’s claim to victory the “biggest fraud”.

In a graveside speech at the funeral of his party supporter, Rebecca Mafikeni, aged 29, who passed away on Monday after falling ill while incarcerated at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on charges of murdering a police officer, Tsvangirai revealed that Mugabe’s Zanu PF party had made some overtures for him and his party to form a coalition government.

“We have said to them if you won the election let’s see how you are going to govern. Now that they have stolen the election, they now want to talk to Tsvangirai but we have nothing to talk about. You have to solve your legitimacy question first and the only solution for the people of Zimbabwe is to go back to another free and fair election,” said Tsvangirai to cheers from his party supporters, who thronged Warren Hills cemetery in Harare’s Warren Park suburb to pay their last respects to Mafikeni.

He said Mugabe’s controversial victory declared by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) in last month’s harmonised election was a monumental fraud.

“We are mourning here but we are in national mourning over an election which represents the biggest fraud this country has ever seen even in the whole world. Mugabe and Zanu PF know that they stole this election,” Tsvangirai said.

According to ZEC, Mugabe won the presidential election with 61 percent of the vote while the former trade union leader garnered about 34 percent.

Tsvangirai scoffed at Mugabe’s pledges to hike civil servants’ salaries and lower water and electricity tariffs.

“It is just rhetoric without substance,” he said.

The MDC leader encouraged his restive youthful party supporters to resist the urge to commit violence in protest over the alleged stolen election.

“This old man has a problem of being power hungry, let’s not act in emotion, let’s act with conviction because that’s what will bring change. We can’t do much but we will not burn the house,” he said.

Speaking at the same event, MDC-T chairperson for Harare Province Paul Madzore held the state accountable for the death of the MDC activist, who marked her past two birthdays in solitary confinement at Chikurubi Maximum Prison in Harare.

“We are saddened that Rebecca died in the hands of the state probably with shackles on her body,” said Madzore.

For his part the party’s national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa described Mafikeni as a “cadre” who died fighting for the democratic cause.

“She defended the party even when she was being forced to accuse some senior MDC party members for killing a policeman in Glen View,” said Chamisa.

In his address, MDC-T national youth assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore, who was incarcerated together with Mafikeni on the same charges but was later freed on bail appeared to be daring Zanu PF saying Mugabe’s party must not mistake his party supporters’ calmness for fear.

“We have a funeral here but if it continues like this then we won’t be pained by the struggle to free Zimbabwe. We don’t want to be pushed into violence but let not anyone mistake our calmness for passivity,” said Madzore.

Rebecca’s mother told mourners that the late MDC-T activist was her family’s bread winner and pleaded with the party to continue supporting her family.

“Rebecca was the pillar of strength for my family. I cry today because I didn’t know that she had so many friends. I have lost my hero, my keeper, my husband, my father and my everything has been taken away by Zanu PF, now I wonder who will look after me,” she said in her graveside speech.

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court will on Saturday hear an election petition filed by Tsvangirai challenging the election results in which ZEC declared Mugabe as the winner.

The MDC-T leader has demanded that the electoral authorities hand over to him registers of assisted voters at all polling stations, where people cast their votes during the elections. He alleged that a high number of assisted voters were forced to feign illiteracy and other excuses so that they could be assisted by some Zanu PF officials to cast their votes in favour of President Mugabe’s party even though they supported his MDC-T party.

The former trade union leader has also demanded unlimited access to all the presidential election materials used in the harmonised elections held on July 31 and to be furnished with the full set of presidential results per constituency, copies of the voters’ roll used in all the polling stations including the one used in the special voting process held in mid-July.



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    Kusvikazvanaka 9 years ago

    I am convinced this DICTATOR needs a MASSIVE SIT IN. Policemen, Teachers, Nurses, ZIMRA and all parastatals including ZESA, NRZ, TelONe and all Public and Private Transporters should set a week of TOTAL withdrawal of services till MUGABE goes. What a shame!!!

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      Qiniso 9 years ago

      The people who are supposed to do the sit-in voted zanu pf. Which ever the way mdc spins it, it lost elections because of incompetence. mdc had been in gvt for years and it should have come up with means and ways to counter zanu pf but all it came up with was to run close 2nd to zanu pf in corruption.

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      Go and sit in yourself. Sit it in for this looser and the likes of yourself. Are you kidding me?

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      Mugabe is going no where. That’s why you lost you like listening to your own make believe stories including this one that ZANUPF want a second GNU. What for? You go into a GNU when you do not have an overwhelming majority. What GNU. makakwidzwa ndege yemashanga

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    Concerned Zimbabwean 9 years ago

    Yes, that may be effective and I would support it. But a massive sit in may take more than one week, there may be a violent crackdown and people may be frightened.

    In the meantime, I suggest people get everyone to sign the petition for Democracy in Zimbabwe and start to plan a range of actions that will not hurt ordinary people. Morgan is right that we should not ‘burn down the house’ because the people will suffer.

    We need somehow to achieve massive Zimbabwean, South African, African and worldwide recognition for the terrible wrongs that have been done, but we need to achieve this in such a way that the poor people who have already suffered so very badly are protected from further violence. Here is the link to the petition:


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    There’s the old story of the Trojan Horse. Work with what you have, not with what you wish you had.

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    vilbrams avaram 9 years ago

    the truth of the matter is this,Mugabe understood what was in the minds of the people perfectly well before elections.Be knew that that people don’t like him,and acted on that so that he continue to rule without anyone’s mandate .Tsvangirai knew that people love him and did nothing about that and Mirage seized the opportunity .That’s the difference now.

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    kezi maphisa 9 years ago

    I’m mourning with Rebecca’s family.how long mugabe and zanu pf going to stop this noises killing innocent people.we are zimbabweans we can’t leave zimbabwe for mugabe and his terrorist army officers and police.our fathers&brothers are dying in prisons for no reason.we are still in 1980s dark when mugabe kills more than 20 000 innocent ndebeles.opposition leader enough is enough let’s take a stand together and say no to mugabe.

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    Tampie nkos 9 years ago

    Mugabe must go tinosvitsana kwamvura yacheka makumbo,mai ako wanzwa kusvika riini tichinetseka hama dzedu kufira mumajere pasina mhaka kutiratidza kut mugabe and zanu pf haiite zvido zvevanhu,VIVA NEW ZIMBAMBWE,HATINETE.

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    Shungu 9 years ago

    The way forward is to shot madzore and rest him. He is a tired dog

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    reason 9 years ago

    NO, NO, The idiot is at it again, there is no way Mugabe could offer a post in his government to a half educated puppet who can’t even control his own adulterous wife. This Puppet was rejected by the people of Zimbabwe and Mugabe clearly understands that. If he offers him a post the majority will go to the streets. no more time for idiotic puppets in the government chosen overwhelmingly by the people.

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      Collin Mackenzie 9 years ago

      I love it guys why should Mugabe extended his hand to that black British
      Never ever I would rather die

      That is trying to console himself he must vacate the government house and move to Botswana
      His history man guys lets chat about what we expect in the next five years that ugly man is a detractor

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    Tsvangirai the European puppet never think that you will rule Zimbabwe.president Mugabe is there to stay how stupid are you guys go to hell with your tsvngirai the sellout want to put Zimbabwe on sale.no forget please if you think you are enough to be Zimbabwean go and change your self to be American and homosexual go to them not there in Zimbabwe

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    imvi dzechembere 9 years ago

    Nhaiwe Brian, haunyare here kubva waburitsa tsinga dzemuhuro uchiti Mugabe is there to stay. Umbori ani chaizvo iwe? Asi uri munun’una wamwari? For as long as Mugabe as Organic as he has proven already its too late for yu Brian to make such assertions to an already frail leader whose tenure at all odds chronologically is in the dusk. Yu dont need a rocket scientist to reverse the advance in age. Ana Brian, akubayira zani ndewako, musazochema kuti chadya achembere chii bere ramama imvi? Ngwarirai kuzoyeuka nhava kwatsva sora. Chinokura chinokotama musoro wegudo chava chinokoro, kare haagare ari kare. Ndinonzwa tsitsi nengoni nevanhu vanenge iwe Brian, hauoniwo here kuti vaMugabe yava hari yofanzirofa,mitswe yavaanayo hausi kuionawo here? Ndainga fara chose dai wanga wati iwe iyewe Brian wakudawo nyanga under the zpf banner to propagate the legacy. Brian unoda zvinhu chaizvo zvausina kushandira,basa ndiro wakuti kuhohonwa zvayo hapana kwainoenda ndakunyarirwa mwana iwe.

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    Qiniso 9 years ago

    Walk the talk Tsvangison.Shame zanu pf by realising the details. We live in a world of high tech, you should have recorded conversation about this or e-mails etc…otherwise stop misleading Zimbos.

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    Guvnor 9 years ago

    These zanu muppets must just face the consequences of their deceit and lies. No one believes anything zanu muppets say as they as they lack the moral and ethical fiber to deliver and put Zimbabwe first.

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    wabira 9 years ago

    Qiniso…who told you that he did not record the conversation? he did, only that you don’t know. shame on you*****