Mugabe battles to restore legitimacy

THE Zanu PF politburo wants to make President Robert Mugabe’s inauguration a major event in the aftermath of last week’s disputed poll outcome.

Mugabe seeks to reassert his legitimacy following the sham June 2008 presidential election in which he contested alone after MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out citing political violence and intimidation against his supporters.

Mugabe secured an unlikely 61,09% of the vote while MDC-T leader, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai got 33,94%. The politburo on Wednesday reviewed the party’s performance in the elections and also discussed the economy.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday confirmed the politburo discussed Mugabe’s inauguration preparations while chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo presented an elections report.

While Mugabe is anxious over his inaugration to restore legitimacy, the row over election results has spoiled the party and delayed the event as Tsvangirai is today set to file a Constitutional Court (Concourt) petition challenging his victory.

The new constitution stipulates that in the event of an electoral petition being filed, the Concourt has to settle the matter within 14 days and the president-elect should be sworn in within 48 hours of the ruling.

In the event the Concourt nullifies the results, fresh polls would have to be held within 60 days of the determination.

Tsvangirai is challenging Mugabe’s victory alleging the elections were rigged through manipulation of the voters’ roll and use of fake registration slips, among a cocktail of illegalities.

MDC-T yesterday approached the Electoral Court seeking an order compelling the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to give details of the number of people who voted at every polling station, as well as details of all assisted voters, persons turned away from polling stations and those who voted during the special vote.

In addition, the party wants access to all election materials used, and wants to know how many ballot papers were printed, by who and spoiled. It also wants to know how many people voted using registration slips.

Mujuru, the sources said, was unhappy that her arch-rival, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, was receiving credit for mobilising the party’s campaign material, undermining her bid in the race to succeed Mugabe, who is likely to retire before finishing his seventh term due to old age and ill-health.

Mujuru used her position to give “advice” to her colleagues but sources said it was an ulterior move to silence her competitors from stealing her glory for masterminding the victory.

“She (Mujuru) said the party won as a team, therefore no one should go about claiming their contribution was more vital in last week’s victory,” said the source.

Party insiders said Mnangagwa provided the party regalia, while Saviour Kasukuwere claims his controversial indigenisation drive had won the vote and Jonathan Moyo is gloating for authoring the “winning” manifesto. However, he lost his own seat in the process.

by Brian Chitemba August 9, 2013  | The Zimbabwe Independent

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    Ramoroka 10 years ago

    Lets just accept the results and move on, as we dnt want what happened in 2008 to repeat itself again, no more bloodshed! Please Morgan lose like an honorable candidate

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    Concerned Zimbabwean 10 years ago

    The results should not be accepted as the election was fraudulently rigged: simple as that. Good for Morgan Tsvangirai that he has filed a Constitutional Court (Concourt) petition challenging the so-called ‘victory’. This is not a ‘victory’: it is a shamefully dishonest process of excluding so many Zimbabwean citizens from voting and manipulating the processes involving so many others that the views of an inestimable number of millions of Zimbabweans have not been heard. This is a travesty of justice. The results should be totally denounced and a new, honest, inclusive election process should be arranged. Free, open, equal and fair voting for all Zimbabweans is urgently needed. Despite some human faults, Tsvangirai has demonstrated honour, courage, generosity and profound loyalty to Zimbabweans for openly challenging this flawed process. Good luck to him, although, as we all know, the Court will be deeply biased against any challenges.

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    Chiwaridzo 10 years ago

    If this election was stolen as most Zimbabweans feel , then the population must boycott the inauguration ceremony wherever it is being held, that’s assuming there will be an inauguration ceremony.

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    Collin Mackenzie 10 years ago

    Morgan you lost please man who likes you
    And who would like you to be the president of Zimbabwe you are bitter regroup and focus on 2016 my brother and respect the people have chosen President Mugabe and mot Morgan

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    Tsuro Magen'a 10 years ago

    Most of us we strongly feel this is an illegitimate government……should we pay taxes?…I think it will perfectly right to avoid doing so as much as possible