Mugabe returns home basking in glory of endorsement

via The Zimbabwe Mail – Mugabe returns home basking in glory of endorsement

HARARE – The disputed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe arrived back home from the 33rd ordinary summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Malawi to a welcome by loyalists at the Harare International Airport.

Addressing loyalists welcomed him, Mugabe said he will take oath on Thursday after which he will set up a new cabinet.

This follows his resounding victory in the harmonised elections held on the 31st of July.

Mugabe also said all countries and organisations from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, which observed the country’s elections spoke with one voice resulting in SADC leaders congratulating Zanu PF as the winning party.

He said South African President, Jacob Zuma, who was the country’s facilitator since 2009, also reported to the SADC leaders that the elections were peaceful, credible, free and fair.

Mugabe who is struggling for legitimacy said the SADC leaders’ election endorsement and positive reports were witnessed by a number of government officials, officials from his office and officials from the Prime Minister’s office, among other key ministries who accompanied him to the summit.

Turning to the last minute withdrawal of the presidential election petition by MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe said it has become clear that he went to the courts with full knowledge that he had lost the elections.

Tsvangirai has reiterated that his party won the the July 31 with a landslide victory and also hinted that he was staying put.

“There have been many questions on why we withdrew the presidential election court challenge. Our National Executive met on Friday and we were given a report by our lawyers stating that there were two problems confronting the court challenge.”

“One was that our application to get necessary information from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission had been deferred without any conclusion so that heavily prejudiced our ability to present our case,” the outgoing Prime Minister said.

“The second was that the Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku had narrowed down the petition to one based on affidavits. We had hoped that it would be an open court with witnesses being called in to testify.”

“Because of those two roadblocks placed our way it was futile to proceed with the case. It became very clear to us that this case was being predetermined.”

“Many of you have been made to believe that this marks the end of the road for us, that by withdrawing the court case, we have conceded defeat. Nothing could be further from the truth. The struggle has not ended. It is just starting.”

“This was just the legal route. The struggle continues in the political arena. We have never closed our avenue to continue with the political struggle. This is a political crisis and it requires a political solution. I still enjoy the mandate of my party as well as the support of millions of people who voted for change on July 31. Using that mandate, I will continue serving the people until we achieve the desired results.”

Meanwhile, Robert Mugabe will assume the chairmanship of SADC in March next year, taking over from Malawi, after being elected deputy chair this year.

The development means Zimbabwe will host the 34th ordinary summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in 2014.

The 14-member grouping of Southern African countries holds annual meetings in member countries to discuss issues affecting the region.

On his arrival from Malawi, President Mugabe was welcomed by Vice President Joice Mujuru, the Minister of State Security, Sidney Sekeramayi and the Minister of Defence, Emmerson Mnangagwa, other senior government officials, service chiefs and party officials.



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    MikeH 11 years ago

    “two problems confronting the court challenge”, mugabe and HIS courts.

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    tapera nkomo 11 years ago

    Let him bask in this fool’s paradise of endorsement by the impoverished SADC leaders. We did not expect anything objective from this MAFIA of politicians.

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    trevor 11 years ago

    mugabe is ruling by ginya. it doesnt matter how many asian or african governements who have been given diamond money are endorsing the election. the bottom line is that zimbabweans are not celebrating. its a pity that sadc has proved now what everyone suspected. its not serving any purpose if you look at how sadc leaders trample over their people s rights. pathetic.

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    Hango Yapalala 11 years ago


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    Rudadiso 11 years ago

    There it is Africa! A continent of low standards. We shall forever remain basket cases.

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    supermondo 11 years ago

    the west has cut the sadc aid by 61%

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    Zvichanaka rimwe gore 11 years ago

    I think Zuma and co were given diamond money. With the way events have transpired, the two americans set to get $3.4million, the strong Zanu diamond purse, how any individuals and institutions have been oiled? SADC’s integrity has been compromised because of such low standards. Who doesn’t know Zuma’s weakness, money and woman lover with his terrible track record in SA. Morgan has not lot anything, it is our African Ubuntu that has been thrown into the dustbin

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    Zvichanaka rimwe gore 11 years ago

    An election that was blatantly unfair, who would have thought that the court ruling was going to be fair?

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    hatinete 11 years ago

    Zimbabweans the battle that we have is to push the President to treat everyone in the same way no matter which party is some one is supporting. Let us push him to consider the oppositions in the country that makes them to rule fairly. To be a good father you need to have some other people who says to you this is wrong. Let us push the President to be a really democracy instead of being feared in our mothers land. Since SADC endorsed the result for our previous election I know all these leaders they knew what they are doing and what they are protecting in our nation. Believe it or not they had talks with him Mr Mugabe about the results and what they are expecting under his rule. In any country where democracy is being practiced they should be a an opposition parties. So I am requesting the President to consider all Zimbabweans no matter what or which party a person support. We Zimbabweans we need un feared leader,and government we need to enjoy our mothers land. I am requesting the President to stop those who are harassing opposition supporters and corrupt people we need to walk around within our country wearing our party clothes without any fear.

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    “A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free.” Proverbs 19:5

    “A false witness will not go unpunished , and he who pours out lies will perish.” Proverbs 19:9

    “A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil!” Proverbs 19:28

    “Do not say, “I will pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you!!! Proverbs 20:22

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    “It is no good to be partial to the wicked or to deprive the innocent of justice.” Proverbs 18:5

    “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honour.” Proverbs 18:12

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    masvukupete 11 years ago

    Its interesting that the most important endorsement that the ZPF needs is by foreigners (and especially by the western governments) yet they do not want to prove to their own people that they won an election fair and square. Yes Tsvangson and comapany are Zimbos who have more than 1million followers (votes). Is it then not paramount to try and convince these 1million voters of the election outcome and receive their endorsement rather than a bunch of foreigners who do not have much stake in Zimbabwe. As long as we do our elections for others rather than ourselves we shall always be in this predicament. I am sure if the Western governments had endorsed the election there would have been a party at Herald House. But unfortunately its “only” the black brothers that have endorsed therefore the party is really subdued. And they claim they dont care about the western countries. What a shame on our “leaders”.

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    To Jongwe Power,

    Take courage…..

    “What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.” Proverbs 10:24…. “Righteous” means those who are in right standing with the Lord.”…..

    Come on Zimbabwe, let’s believe what God is saying, take courage, lift up your heads for your redemption is near….. all things are in My timing…. do not grow weary in doing good…. for in due season , I will make all things beautiful. Watch and see what the Lord shall do… he has heard the cries of the oppressed… who is God that He should be mocked? Take courage Zimbabwe, take courage! As you call on My name, watch and see how I will act speedily on your behalf…. I love you my country x x x

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    jongwe power 11 years ago

    Welcome to Africa, where evil triumphs because people who CLAIM to be good choose to do nothing. Zimbabweans aren’t celebrating? Who gives a crap? SADC leaders got what they wanted, Israel and the US got something out of it, and China is definitely getting something out of it.

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    Hi Jongwe,

    I agree!!!

    That is why sometimes God gives evil people totally over to their “evilness”…… and it looks like they will triumph forever… but Evil can’t prevail forever…..there comes a time when God draws a line in the sand and says! “You have gone this far, but NO FURTHER!” God calls the shots, not us. If you can keep your faith through the tough and diffiult times…. God rewards the faithful….. only God can give you that inner peace and forgiveness….

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    thompson 11 years ago

    Now I know how a woman feels like after being raped, how it feels like to be robbed, how it feels liked to be mugged… all instances its done by a low life thug who has no respect for others except his uncontrolled appetite to get his way.

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    Dennis 10 years ago