Guebuza demands Zim poll outcome debate

LILONGWE — President Robert Mugabe’s disputed poll victory is likely to take centre stage at the Sadc Heads of State and Government summit in Malawi this weekend after outgoing Sadc chairperson and Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza reportedly demanded that the Harare poll dispute be tabled on the summit’s main agenda.

Elias Mambo in Malawi

The Sadc leaders’ meeting is expected to deliberate on a wide range of regional issues, including the appointment of a new leadership for the regional bloc’s secretariat.

However, the controversy surrounding Zimbabwe’s just-ended polls, where Mugabe won resoundingly against his arch-rival MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, seems to have attracted the attention of some regional leaders who are now pushing for the matter to be formally tabled on the agenda so that an amicable solution is proffered.

Initially, Zimbabwe was not on the main agenda with the Sadc Troika chairperson Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete expected to just give a sweeping report on how the July elections were conducted.

However, displomatic sources yesterday insisted that Zimbabwe was likely to be debated at length following Guebuza’s demands.

Tsvangirai has dismissed the election results as a farce and accused Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission of rigging the polls.

Botswana President Ian Khama, who is fighting in Tsvangirai’s corner, has demanded Sadc to order a forensic audit of the electoral process.

Analysts have already expressed fear that if not properly handled, the Zimbabwean crisis could destroy the credibility of Sadc.

Insiders in the regional bloc claim the election was rigged to save Mugabe from outright defeat from the MDC-T, hence the need to find a solution.

Meanwhile, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday said his party had dispatched a high-powered delegation to present its dossier of alleged electoral irregularities to the Sadc summit.

“We are going to Sadc. Our vice-president (Thokozani Khupe) and other party officials are already there. We don’t know whether we will be invited to make a presentation in the main session or not, but you know that (South African) President (Jacob) Zuma said if the MDC-T has evidence of the rigging, it should present it and we will do that.”

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50 Comments

  1. We need SADC & AU to protect democracy,not Mugabe,DoSantos,Kagame,Museveni,Jameh,Gadaffi,Gabgo.

    1. Munodsikepi muchinyeperwa ne ka newspaoer aka? SADC Yakatopedza zve Zimbabwe, Check sundaymail

  2. wasting your time go and rot you puppets. I think you have learnt a lesson

  3. SADC is afraid of mugabe coz he is one of the founding fathers

  4. One instance, you withdraw your court case saying you haven’t been given the opportunity to gather evidence (by ZEC) you want to present, the other instance you say you have evidence and you will present it to SADC?? Please!!!!!

    1. @taurai mabhunu,
      benzi iwe. The evidence that Zec and the high are withholding poll evedence os the proof that the poll was rigged.
      Munowanzirei zvamunoti makawinner pachena?

      1. iwe ndiwe benzi so you mean to say their evidence is with ZEC so why are they saying they have got evidence to prove the rigging

    2. confused for sure, this wont get them anywhere ….u don’t have to be this inconsistent especially on the political arena, its a shame

    3. uri mbwa haikona?if you have nothing to hide then why not release docs. that should be in the public domain anyhow?

      1. Taura hako Ndini these guys varikurambirei neballot material if they won the elections resoundingly???NGAVABURITSE ZVAVAKASHANDISA TIONE KANA DZISIRI MBAVHA PERIOD!

  5. How could Sadc fail to evaluate its GPA roadmap to Zimbabwean elections? Did Sadc achieve this or it was frustrated by Zanu Pf and the CONCOURT which refused the necessary reforms to take place? We did not have a credible election instead what we have was never biologically delivered but a GMO result from Mugabe’s stable.

    1. Thanks mai Chidhuura for the valid points…..ndokufunga kauku.

  6. @john mapika u shld debate objectively instead of kolin otha pple puppets. Kana usina zvekutaura nyarara! Its obvious that the elections were neither free nor fair and SADC and AU must be honest to themselves and give a fair verdict. Endorsing the polls bcz thr was minimum violence sets the bar so low for zim elections.

    1. @Soulman.You guys you surprise me . As long as your regime change project is repelled you say it was not fair .so do you mean we zanu PF supporters did not vote ?Your represantatives signed at each and every polling station acknowledging elections to have been free and when counting is underway you change and say no we have been rigged . Munotsamwisa machinja. All information you wanted from ZEC you have it from your polling agents and observers so why Zec yet you can just confront the Courts with your figures and dare ZEC to counter otherwise and by so doing cause it to furniture its numbers for comparizone.and annalysis before the courts. W e voted Zanu PF and it won unless you say only MDCs did vote .Nxa .

  7. BLOOD OF CHRIST

    SADC Please look at what happened in Zimbabwe without fear or favor? First you called for the election to be postponed knowing that there should be reforms to make the vote free from fraud but you failed to read it when you give the Politically Biased Court to Decide. SADC THE SITUATION IN ZIMBABWE IS VERY SIMPLE GOVTS INSTITUTIONS AND JUDGES ARE CONTROL BY ZANU PF NO WONDER WHY WE WERE CALLING FOR REFORMS IN ORDER TO BE A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY. WE DEMOCRATIC ZIMBABWEANS CALL UPON SADC AU NUM AND UN NEVER TO RECOGNIZE THIS ZANU PF “FRAUD VICTORY”. Do not recognize THIS COMING IN Govt BY FRAUDSTERS. INSTEAD UN SHOULD ORGANIZE ELECTIONS LIKE YOU DID IN 1980. IF ZIM VOTE IS NOT CHALLENGED, ELECTION FRAUD WILL SPREED ACROSS AFRICA. WE KNOW WHAT IT MEANS. PEOPLE OF ZIM REMAIN PEACEFUL THAT IS NOT THE END OF LIFE.

    1. Excellent opinion Blood of Christ.

  8. Morgan made this whole process difficult for himself and even for those who would like to resolve the zim issue by participating in a flawed process.first and foremost he knew the same zec secretariat which with held election results for weeks would be running the show,secondly the voter registration by Mudede which lacked transparency should have also given him enough warning and lastly to agree to enter an election with no known voters roll was the biggest mistake he made.without it how can you campaign

    1. Problem is in Zimbabwe the situation on the ground was Morgan should sign the GPA later we accised him of doing that, on the ground we all felt Morgan should participate in the elections now we are blaming him for that. Knowing Africa why was Mugabe still president in a poll Morgan boycotted because Afroca recognised him so even if Morgan had withdrawn there are those idiotic parties who would have participated and legitimised the election and that was doom to MDC and we will be saying but why did he boycott. Isu ma Zimbabweans tisu ma penzi if I can say that. Tpnyora pano tomhanya kuma British acho kundotsvaga basa kune free environment ku RSA saka tichizo[iswa ikoko tinonyanya kutaura tisingaite act.

    2. Morgan entered the election becoz of pressure from the electorate who were ready to vote Zanu pf out.Neither morgan nor the voters knew there was a ballot paper from Nikuv which would neutralise Tsvangirai’s victory.Actually Zanu pf wanted Morgan to win but with less than 50% so as to go to a run-off.It was in the run-off that Robert wanted to rig resoundingly.Rigging in the first round was a mistake,that’s why even Mugabe was shocked by the results.

  9. Guebuza usakangwane chazuro nehope akakubvisa mumuromo meshumba ndiani Matsanga akunyudza wadziirwa manje

  10. Mapepa eMDCT aren’t you ashamed of writing such stories when you are already down. Learn please do not waste our time. Going to SADC Britain USA court it’s just a waste of out time. The game is over period.

    1. Hogwash Musa.

  11. MT’s position with SADC is weakened by the fact that he did not call the regional organisation’s bluff after Maputo. SADC called for reforms which, predictably, did not happen but MT went into the election anyway. Had he refused to stand unless SADC made good on their recommendations, SADC’s hand would have been better forced. I doubt they will do much now

    1. SADC messed when it put the dates into the hands of ZanuPF concourt so MDC had no chance please understand this simple logic, why would SADC ask MDC to boycott the election when they say they respect the country’s courts it meant they agreed to concourt but were merely begging concourt to be a legal institution which it is not hence the failure to defer the elecions. If they did not want the elections they should have stopped sending observers period.

      1. Yes, wamaromo, I agree with you. If SADC was serious about deferring the date in order to facilitate reforms, they would have refused to send observers until the reforms were carried out. SADC took the easy way out, for sure.

      2. In other words you think SADC has jurisdiction over our laws and courts? Get serious, where have you seen such on this planet?You want your puppet to be installed by outsiders because he lacks tactics to outmanouvre his opponent?

    2. The same folks that said SADC will overturn the supreme court’s decision on the election date think SADC can nullify Zim elections. People never learn. Come Monday you will be insutling SADC for not granting you your wish.

  12. If the MDC-T has such compelling evidence to present to SADC why have they withdrawn their ConCourt case for lack of relevant evidence? Talk about utter confusion and these are the people who wanted to run our country? MDC-T havazi serious.

    1. It’s a waste of time, knowing the Concourt will rule in Mugabe’s favour. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that all the judicial, military, etc structures are pro-Mugabe. You do not have to read the Sunday Mail, Herald or watch ZBC to understand. The whole state apparatus is compromised. Finish and klaar.

      1. Interesting thought..SADC has to make some kind of pronouncement one way or the other not this ambiguous free but not fair tag..Elections have to satisfy both to get legitimacy. All two hundred million people in the region are watching patiently. They have to be really mindful how they handle this one.

    2. Concourt is the legal arm of Zanu PF, muka mhani, and stop smoking mbanje uchimwa ZED!!!

  13. Achanziwo go hang.In Zimbabwe it is now
    Go hang Khama, Go hang Tsvangirayi, Go hang Quebuza, Go hang Breeeetish.

  14. Zanu pf won lets just wait for 5 years

    1. Leo zvononzi ZanuPf stole lets wait 5 years vabe futi. But its getting worse. Munoti henyu Tsvangirayi haana kudzidza saka achaverengera vana B;ack man nana Chinotimba ma order papers ne ma bills mu paramende ndivanani?

  15. please lets exercise our mental faculties during these debates.How do you expect the MDC to have continued without the voters roll in dispute? If indeed zanu pf won,why is zec obstruct the course of justice.Natural law states that all shall come to end.Stand advised.

    1. Good CHIMPUNU.

  16. @Dzvinyangoma ,why do you make SADC’s role sound as if it is a priviledge ? They are mandated to resolve such issues and MT is right by seeking recourse in SADC .

  17. elections in Zimbabwe are a done deal ,Mdc lost on grounds of a foolish manifesto and nonsensical policies ,hw could Mdc have won with the height of confusion amongst its fold ,a party that has overwhelming evidence for Sadc and does not have compelling evidence for the concourt ,which holds key to a rerun please ,mdc-t is wasting our time .we need to get on with our lives .mdc cant stand losing with the likes of Mwonzora fighting for a lost cause getting nostalgic about being in the corridors of power if he fails to acknowledge defeat then he may fail to salvage of whats left of his political life

  18. Tsvangirai is a punching bag 4 every zimbabwean. Every1 wants morgan 2 do everything 4 everyone, and when things dont their way they pour venom on him without giving any valuable input. Imagine when he joined the gnu we were economically relieved and he was our saviour now that we easily forget we blame him 4 joining gnu. My point is what exactly are yu doing as an individual to politically and economically improve the situation as morga is frantically doing. Lets put our heads together to help him and us

  19. Yes Morgan is the Zimbabwean punching bag because he is our only MOSES(hope) those in zanu are only looters they dont care.Their policies are of a schizo patient.Wait fo 5yrs they will start to say sunctions.

  20. isu machinja atineti

  21. John mapika you are a subjective and semi-literate imbecile

  22. dont be a blind follower understand the roots of yor political party. Dont be an empty vessel read this befor u accuse Mugabe… http://www.swans.com/library/art8/elich004.html. follow this link

  23. Mdc lost the election. Even the ratio of comments in favor of zanu pf is arnd 70 per cent to zanu pf. I voted for zanu pf, and i will protect my vote. Mdc is the one tryin to steal the election, thats why u see no one takin to the streets with them its coz we voted zanu pf. They just employing delayin tactics for progress and inaguration. We need a cabinet, finance minister and budget now not court cases. RG shld be sworn in asise cabinet. Thats what we need now, finance minister ane budget toziva zvirikutika. Pamberi ne zanu pf, pamberi naRG. Pasi nalemon face.

  24. Can anyone give the number of people each party contributed in the composition of ZEC? So to accuse it of bias is insulting yourself. Your party polling agents were there to represent your interests at each and every stage who signed results forms to certify that the figures are the true votes cast at the polling stations they were deployed. So to say the outcome was not fair is an insult to your party agents and the party as a whole.

  25. moyo zviri kuhi kwahi ma registration slips akatambwa nawo chero agent aripo pakupihwa maslips they were not there and you took advantage of mdc strongholds the registrations was badly doe thus affecting mostly mdct.

  26. nxa do you think a polling agent can see a chemical reaction happening in the ballot box…this is the only reason why zec is refusing with election material.

  27. The balanced represantation of opinions is good for a paper of this calibre, but please people stop the insults, our children read this paper too. We can communicate without insulting each other, that is expected of us adults.

  28. It is really pathetic that some people choose to make this site a place to trade insults, shame on them. This is just space for discussion, shows you how shallow most of these people are. What can you archive anyway by insulting someone, will it solve the problems of Zimbabwe or it your way of always dealing with sober minded people.

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