Audio: Mnangagwa exposes Zanu PF rigging strategy

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last weekend unwittingly exposed Zanu PF’s election-rigging strategies when he told party members in Midlands that they had devised a system where traditional leaders, ward chairpersons and councillors would closely monitor their subjects to ensure they voted for the ruling party’s candidates in the forthcoming by-elections slated for March 27.

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Addressing Zanu PF members at the launch of his wife Auxilia’s election campaign for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency, Mnangagwa said they would monitor voting patterns, apply intimidatory tactics and trail voters so that they voted for the ruling party candidates in the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe and Mt Darwin West by-elections.

Listen to Mnangagwa here:

He warned that those who failed to vote for the ruling party would be effectively closed out of government programmes by what he termed ruzhowa [perimeter fence]. He also insinuated that those known to be against the party should not be given a chance to cast their vote.

“What has brought us together is an election which is coming . . . Auxillia will be contesting with three other candidates which candidates do not have a history, and I don’t even know what these people have done in their lives,” Mnangagwa said.

“I therefore ask of all the 12 wards in Chief Chirumanzu’s area that you should go to the polls with the headman in front, district chairman following behind with the people and the councillor should also come, then go and vote.”

He added: “We know that each polling station has its own results, we will want to know from each polling station where the people would have come from and how did they get in. What we might fail to know is how death will come, but anyone who is voting we can trace the pattern because they have one.

“Nobody comes to vote in the same manner death comes, for death you cannot build a fence to keep it out, but a person who votes we can tell if they are for us or not with us and those who are not ours we will fence them out,” said Mnangagwa.

He said during the 2013 general elections he won his seat by
18 000 votes while the other two candidates failed to garner between them just 2 000 votes and he was expecting that this time around the votes would be tripled in favour of his wife.

Zanu PF after the 2013 elections engaged in a witch-hunting exercise to weed out perceived main opposition MDC-T supporters from farms in the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe constituency.

Mnangagwa confirmed that a similar purge could be applied if the electorate voted “wrongly” in the by-election.

“I don’t see how that can happen that here in Chief Chirumanzu’s area, here in Chief Samambwa’s area we can get lost votes. We just want correct votes on the day,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s admission validates the MDC-T’s accusations that previous elections have always unfairly favoured Zanu PF which relies on intimidating voters. The MDC-T, which has boycotted the by-elections, said the party was not surprised by Mnangagwa’s comments.

“They cannot be trusted with holding a free and fair election which passes the test of credibility and we are therefore not shocked that Mnangagwa and Zanu PF said that because they are perennial vote riggers who will stop at nothing in manipulating and bastardising the electoral process just to secure a win,” said MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu.

Gutu went further to say voters in any election should be given an unfettered right without any undue influence from anyone to vote for a candidate of their choice.

Zanu PF has been accused of using underhand tactics which included violence, constituency border tampering and manipulation of the voters’ roll just to win polls.

Gutu said his party boycotted the polls because it was clear that the process was already predetermined.

The only opposition parties that have confirmed participation in the two by-elections are little-known National Constitutional Assembly and Transform Zimbabwe.

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15 Comments

  1. This is very sad. It appears we are going backwards instead of forward, in Zimbabwe, with the new leadership of vice presidents. All talk from our VC is threatening and about death! I was of the opinion we were entering a new democratic phase? How disappointing. What happened to the vision of democratic reform post Mugabe’s generation? Maybe I was just too optimistic when I had hope in Ngwena! But maybe because previously he did not talk much, but now each time he talks he exposes his weaknesses. Is it too late to change course Mr VC? Where are we going? I want to come back home.

  2. The five worst dictators of all time:
    1. Hitler
    2. Stalin
    3. Amin
    4. Mobutu
    5. Mugabe

    Thank you.

    1. But I want to believe that Hitler was a better dictator from this list because he left a very strong German. But then look at Zimbabwe; tattered, shattered and without a future. A complete failed state that even its own citizens hate it. Its so terrible here. German is very very strong and I think Hitler was far much better a dictator. At least he loved his own people but look at us. We are cursed.

  3. MDC-T musarambe muchitambisa manumbers amuinawo muchingotaura zvisina basa musingaite zvinounza shanduko. time irikungofamba imi mavayeva. do you think zpf will change itself? mobilise those numbers and take the bull by its horns!!!

  4. ngwena is doing all this because he thinks the presidency is his for the taking.he will be unpleasantly surprised.

  5. There are many others like Abacha, Mengistu Kamuzu Banda, Mussolini, Al Bashir, Mubarak, Bokasa….. History is littered with egocentric leaders

  6. This is wrong talk Mr VP!!!!! Nxaaaaa!

  7. Achitovhaira nehutsotsi hunokunda vekuMbare. Kusanyara murume mukuru mbava hadzina nyadzi kudada nezvinobvisa chimiro. Uyu akabvuma wani achiti akaruza by 73%. Dayi pasinaGrace ayito confessor zvese zvaakaita. Akavenga party senera akati Pasi neZANU PF. He hates the Party that he fired his inner circle in Mujuru and Mutasa. Nobody lives forever Bob achazorora. Vanhu teyayi ndamba zvibva zvapera uyu kana afa. Varikuti isu izvi to tanda nevote. Mbava dzevanhu. Rakajaidzwa neshamwari dzamai murukisheni.

    1. Pengayi pengayi baba Sorobhi!!!!!

  8. And this coming out of the mouth of a country’s vice-president? Good Lord have mercy on us. How can we even talk of grassroots democracy when those who supposedly should be custodians of good governance spew hate like this? Medieval politics sound civilized.

  9. This guys talks too much

  10. NOW Im convinced! Zanu was being run by this guy.. Mugabe wanted out but Mnangagwa was the defacto leader of the Party. Now he is engineering all these things to make sure he stays in power!

  11. What zimbababwe needs is a healthy democratic electoral law, not open to abuse. The reason for all this Zanu PF VP position struggle was the presumed perpetuity of abuseable electoral law. The electorate need execise its free choice of national president come 2018. Zanu PF shall be free to appoint their party presidential candidate their own way. A healthy competition for 2018 presidential position would be in the best interests of the nation. But before that the electorate needs to know enough about the presidential aspirants. Fortunately VP Mnangagwa is revealing more of his previously unknown self. On the other hand Tsvangirai does not appear lagging behind in the revelations. Thanx much.

  12. zanu pf have doing it like this & they think its ok to keep them in power. they ar abusing war tactics, wen they forced every black zimbo to support th liberation war wch was a noble thng then wch made faster the indepence. they used to burn sellouts kuuraya vatengesi & in e early yrs of indipendence they ciontinued using such tactics. zim need life after the war generation

  13. Jonathan Ross Moyo

    Iri idambudziko rapinda mumba. Rigging rigging rigging rigging

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