Trash Membe report: MDC-T tells Sadc

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MDC-T secretary-general Tendai Biti yesterday made sensational claims that Tanzania Foreign Affairs minister and Head of the Sadc Election Observer Mission (SEOM)’s statement was issued without consulting Sadc member states and should be dismissed with contempt.

Report by Everson Mushava

The MDC-T party declared their rejection of the Sadc report endorsing the July 31 elections as fair and credible, saying they would make an appeal to the regional body as well as lobby members of Sadc to trash the report.

But political analysts said such attempts by Morgan Tsvangirai’s party were a “wild goose chase” that will yield nothing.

Instead, the analysts said, Tsvangirai should focus his energies on rebuilding the party and strategising for the next elections in 2018.

Biti said his party would not accept the report and would write to Sadc to demand a full report and the immediate withdrawal of Membe’s statement.

“We have inquired with a number of Sadc countries and the Sadc secretariat who have professed ignorance of the existence of this report. Further, Mr Membe makes reference to a full report by Sadc which he was summarising from. However, this full report is still to be produced.

“We consulted with other countries like South Africa and others and they are fully aware that this was not a democratic report signed by everybody,” Biti said yesterday.

“I don’t want to mention some of the countries we have consulted, but one country is South Africa. We totally reject this report. We are writing to Sadc requesting a copy of the final report and the withdrawal of Membe’s report,” Biti said.

He said Membe’s report was not sanctioned by Sadc as a full report on the July 31 elections is still to be produced.

“We have also consulted the Sadc secretariat in Botswana and they have also told us that there is no final report; remember the key issue is the final report.

Lindiwe Zulu, special adviser to South African President Jacob Zuma who was the facilitator to the Zimbabwe political crisis, said Membe’s report, as the head of the observer mission, could have been sent to member countries.

“The discussion about Zimbabwe will be made at the next Sadc summit. The responsibility lies with Sadc. We (SA) have completed our work as the facilitator,” Zulu said yesterday.

Contacted for comment on the MDC-T allegations that the SEOM report presented by Membe was fake, Foreign Affairs secretary Joey Bimha said: “Well, this report was presented by the Head of SEOM, Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs minister (Membe) who was being accompanied by Namibia’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs representing the minister. How can it be fake? In any case, they presented the report to President (Robert) Mugabe, so how can it be fake?”

But Biti said Membe’s report was not comprehensive, was inaccurate and dismally failed to address fundamental issues that were critical in determining the freeness, fairness and credibility of the elections.

He said if Sadc glorified the result of this election, this would set a petrifying precedent for the quality of future elections in Sadc.

“The report concludes that the election was ‘generally credible’. With all due respect, the people of Zimbabwe need a free, fair and credible election that allows them to move forward not an election that is ‘generally’ credible. An election that is ‘generally’ credible is new lexicon in the field of election monitoring.”

But political analysts have said Tsvangirai and his party were literally flogging a dead horse.

Eldred Masunungure told delegates at a media conference in Harare on Wednesday that: “Zanu PF outfoxed its competitors. It out-organised its competitors. It outmuscled its competitors. They clearly were not a match for the 50-year-old political party. Even the MDC proved to be quite inexperienced in the face of the organisational force of Zanu PF.

“Now the MDC, as we all know it, dismissed the results as a huge farce, a monumental fraud and indeed many Zimbabweans were traumatised by the results and many are still in the post-traumatic recovery mode.”

He said it was difficult to pinpoint the precise method used to rig or influence the results of the elections, adding that even if there was rigging, the question would be: “Where was the MDC when all these shenanigans were being rolled out?

“The Prime Minister himself was reportedly in charge of supervising the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to prepare for the ballot and he met the electoral management board several times and he met the registrar of voters several times. What did he do?”

Political analyst Dumisani Nkomo said: “Tsvangirai should embark on domestic mobilisation of grassroots, targeting re-engagement with allies such as labour, students and the MDC party led by Welshman Ncube. He should focus on restructuring and possibly leadership change.

“His Sadc strategy is a waste of time and resources,” Nkomo said.

“It is not the most brilliant idea to go back to Sadc given the movement of regional dynamics towards Mugabe and a broader assumption by Sadc that it has partially solved the Zimbabwean problem.

“Mugabe is the vice-chair of Sadc and for Tsvangirai to report the matter to Sadc is like reporting a thief to his boss.”

Another analyst Ernest Mudzengi said: “Tsvangirai made a court application and withdrew. He said Sadc let Zimbabwe down. So there is no need to go back to Sadc.”

22 COMMENTS

  1. Saying the MDC is flogging a dead horse is false..the SADC report is likely to be used as a template for future elections and the EU, US and other fence sitters are basing their final decision on the outcome of this report, so hey, you cant call it flogging a dead horse, there is still a lot to be done. I have to commend Mr. Biti here, instead of hyperbole, histrionics and hubris he comes out like the SG the party has been looking for during the tenure of the inclusive government. He should not stray from this path having found it thus. As for Mr. Membe, he needs to be very careful how he manages this as all eyes are on him now and by way of advice he should stick with his mandate..the other peripheral issues like sanctions are clearly outside his brief or is it now?

  2. The first mistake u did u MDC-Todawo was to enter into the GPA and u potrayed as if all was well in Zim instead u shud have outcried abt e situation. In terms of political intellect and strategy u r still very far, politics is not abt emotions u Biti n Tsvangirai, @ least Chamisa is better. Have u ever asked urself why Zanu pushed 4 elections knowing that 3 quaters of Zimbos will vote for MDC? This report issue is distracting ur attention and the help of the so called baba jukwa, whilist Zanu is strategising and covering their tracks. Its time to wake up!!! Now the Zanu is working on an internal split in the MDC, Biti sooner u are going to prosecuted for fraud of $30mln u thot were using correctly whilist by law was misuse of office its either u align w their dds or else u rot in jail and indeed u will, ask Mwonzora he will tell u. with ur sanctions thing thats useless in regime change it does nt work with the help of some guys lke Russia, Iran, China most of the guys from the east, Dont go abt confusing people with ur headline u Daily(MDC) news, u are just like the herald, hey isnt there an independent paper in zim wc will call a spade a spade? we are tired w these propagatory papers always partycentric. Aya angove matandanyadziwo, hey just put ur tail between ur legs and hide urself in ur closet n strategise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • me wastage of time What zimbabweans need is for 67% of pple to earn more than the poverty datuum line ,after finishing O LEVEL you find a place for A level @ a xul of your choice after after that go to university of your choice and after graduating get a Job and be able to look after your family.We dont care which part is rulling , war vet or not educated or not juss to be able to live peacefully ,its all we ask for sir ,is that hard

    • Newsday you were supposed to verify the MDC-Tea information and their source. Callling SADC in Botswana at least Ms Leefa Penehupifo Martin would have given you the SADC correct position. Your story would have been balanced. Mr Tendai Biti is telling lies in his story to you.

  3. Tinoti dzave shungu dzebere kutevera madhongi akasungwa zhira yokuenda kuSADC yava nemhihwa ngatitsvakei imwe zhira . Ngatichigadzirira zvemwaka unovuya tive namastructures akasimba anokwikwidza neZanu . Chigwisanai neZEC 2018 tinoda biometric voters and online registration tapedza

  4. MDC – T is just exercising its democratic right by approaching SADC and who ever has to be approached as far as this election issue is concerned. This goes to show how democratic & principled the party is. Whether they get a positive or negative response from these organizations is another issue. But at least they would have shown the whole world that they stand for justice.

  5. Shortsighted analysts will say its a waste of time but sometimes you need to do things even f its only for the record. The records now for instance state that the courts of zimbabwe denied a contestant in an election access to election material which he wanted to use to verify the election results as clearly required by the constitution. This information will be useful in years to come when we bring these people to book. Remember nazi war criminals are being procecuted almost 60years later.

  6. never give up. those who thought were outfoxing their competitors shall one day give a testimony that is if they will live long enough to tell it.

  7. Enough of this grandstanding and start reorganising…indeed these naive, clueless individuals in the MDC-T were outfoxed by BRAINY BOB with their eyes WIDE SHUT! Take it on the chin and move on guys, there will be another opportunity to lose in 2018!

  8. mdc t should stop,when ever they want to do anything,publish it in the press because the enemy would act first.like in this case mugabe has already,as sadc v/chair,engaged and organised with other sadc members how to tuckle this, zvinosvota isu chombo achiba ivhu reharare city zvichinyararwa, manjemanje monzwa zvonzi apuwamubairo wokuba,ministry post ‘m i n i s e r,

  9. Problem is Tsvangirai was not interested in what was going on prior to the election because he was under the illusion that he was the anoited President-in-waiting and that it was just a matter of running the GNU time down – that the election was a mere formality.
    Tsvangirai got ahead of himself – the fact that he had garnered more votes in the 2008 first round election got into his head. Tsvangirai was under the illusion that he was shadowing Mugabe. He knew the Voters Roll was a shambles but did nothing. He was told about ZanuPF thugs led by Jabulani Sibanda running amok in the countryside intimidating chiefs and headmen but he dismissed it and asked people to “pray for Jabulani Sibanda”. He dismissed utterances by army generals as not of any significance. He thought as long as he was having tea with Mugabe everything was fine. He was more interested in the new Constitution which he promised to amend on WHEN not IF he took over as President. He just accepted most this because he was going to amend these WHEN not IF he took over as President. Just before the mock election he was talking in terms of being beaten up by ZanuPF people in the past and going to forgive them WHEN not IF he took over as President. He was happiest when pictured sat or stood next to Mugabe. He even spoke of being ready to rule after undergoing an apprenticeship under Mugabe’s mentorship.
    The MDC-T had this attitude on sanctions on ZanuPF – “lift the sanctions on ZanuPF, they will not be in power for long, we are the government-in-waiting”. This has no come back to bite the MDCs on their bottoms.
    The MDCs are reaping what they had sown. What was the point of going into a coalition with ZanuPF when they came of worse than they were in 2008? Any talk of MDCs strategising for the 2018 election is nonsense. They have no chance of unseating ZanuPF. They have wasted political space for the last decade. Besides their policies are not very different from thise of ZanuPF. If you are a political party and agree with your “adversaries” to the extent of going into coalition then there is no point in opposing your “adversaries”. If you are going to be credible alternative the last thing you should have is compromise with your adversaries.

  10. I noticed a few errors in my earlier posting:-

    Problem is Tsvangirai was not interested in what was going on prior to the election because he was under the illusion that he was the anoited President-in-waiting and that it was just a matter of running the GNU time down – that the election was a mere formality.
    Tsvangirai got ahead of himself – the fact that he had garnered more votes in the 2008 first round election got into his head. Tsvangirai was under the illusion that he was shadowing Mugabe. He knew the Voters Roll was a shambles but did nothing. He was told about ZanuPF thugs led by Jabulani Sibanda running amok in the countryside intimidating chiefs and headmen but he dismissed it and asked people to “pray for Jabulani Sibanda”. He dismissed utterances by army generals as not of any significance. He thought as long as he was having tea with Mugabe everything was fine. He was more interested in the new Constitution which he promised to amend WHEN not IF he took over as President. He just accepted most things because he was going to amend these WHEN not IF he took over as President. Just before the mock election he was talking in terms of being beaten up by ZanuPF people in the past and going to forgive them WHEN not IF he took over as President. He was happiest when pictured sat or stood next to Mugabe. He even spoke of being ready to rule after undergoing an apprenticeship under Mugabe’s mentorship.
    The MDC-T had this attitude on sanctions on ZanuPF – “lift the sanctions on ZanuPF, they will not be in power for long, we are the government-in-waiting”. This has now come back to bite the MDCs on their bottoms.
    The MDCs are reaping what they had sown. What was the point of going into a coalition with ZanuPF when they came of worse than they were in 2008? Any talk of MDCs strategising for the 2018 election is nonsense. They have no chance of unseating ZanuPF. They have wasted political space for the last decade. Besides their policies are not very different from those of ZanuPF. If you are a political party and agree with your “adversaries” to the extent of going into coalition then there is no point in opposing your “adversaries”. If you are going to be credible alternative the last thing you should have is compromise with your adversaries.

  11. Tendai Biti haabatsire chinhu. Akanga avekudhakwa ne cabinet position. Akange asazive kuti party yake ndeyipi.
    ‘We,’ said Biti, ‘find counsel and wisdom in him (Mugabe). His importance to this country will be seen once he’s gone. When he’s gone, that is when you will see that this man was Zimbabwe. He went on: “Some of us who came from different parties have had to learn a lot from the man. He is a fountain of experience, fountain of knowledge and, most importantly, a fountain of stability.”
    Dai Biti atinyararire. Ndiye mumwe wekumhanyira ku America kunoti bvisai ma sanctions ku Zanupf anakirwa ne power.

  12. 1 Aug 2013, TsvanCry said elections dd nt mit tha SADC standards & SADC sed liar. Biti z also goin 2 b undressed as anotha liar wen ol SADC countries endorse tha report. 1 advice 4 mdc tahit go hme n rest

  13. Mbiti enda kwarota undorima garden kana zvhulawyer zvanetsa. I have learnt a lesson from you. Thanks to that. Next time when I talk I have to think and put my argument in logical order so that people will take me seriously. Look now you are accusing every one to be irrelevant just because they dont see things the same way with you. But if I may ask you biti, Deep deep in your heart do you see any rigging on this closed chapter? If so then continue insulting us and the few left in your party will join us soon, because you are exposing your ignorance too far that even baboons in Vumba mountains can see. I thought with your level of education you was going to give good advises to your party, but not to be, you are the one in the forefront of confusion. I know zvinorwadza kudyiwa and especially kubvutwa bonzo pamuromo. Asi kana zvaitika bvumawo ndokuti shungu dziderere. Uchenjere kuti uchasvika pakufamba wakashama uchida kujustifier the unjustifiable. Taneta nenoise yako. Office yatowe yevamwe Comrade thats the fact.

  14. lets move on pple. Enough about these elections. Tinosvika twenty thirty tichingotaura about these elections. Lets look ahead. Bygones r bygones. This thing is irreversible.

  15. MDC is behaving like children. Tendai Biti a lawyer surely opening his mouth to say that the report was fake?????
    Surely Membe coming to Zimbabwe to present a fake report???? Biti do not play with us please!!!

  16. @John, perhaps the question to ask Biti is what does Membe gain or hope to gain by presenting this report? That is where the answer lies. Frankly I think Membe might be playing internal Tanzanian politics at the SADC as one hoping to maybe take over from Kikwete..far fetched? Eitherway, if this were true, then he can go straight ahead and bury that dream as he has approached it backfront and only tears (his) will result..Zimbabwe has buried many a career, look no further than Mbeki and Malema. I would if I were Membe stick to my mandate and make sure I travel the straight and narrow or like Zuma wash my hands clean of the whole sordid Zim affair.

  17. It’s gone beyond elections if ever it was about them. Sounds like the Executive Council fighting for it’s political survival. To accept and concede defeat will automatically trigger an evaluation of the council’s stewardship and calls for leadership renewal. Any team with a three to zero record of electoral losses stands no chance of convincing a highly expectant membership that it has the capacity to deliver the national presidency.

    If however the membership and donors can be convinced that there was rigging and cheating then this election won’t count as a loss and the executive council survives to fight another election and the donors save face and maintain their illegal measures. Fortunately for the executive council, the membership is neither very sophisticated nor intelligent so they just might get away with it.

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