Mnangagwa free polls pledge questioned

President E.D Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s pledge for free and fair elections this year has come under scrutiny, with the opposition and analysts describing the Zanu PF leader as insincere after he recently claimed the 2008 polls were free and fair.


Mnangagwa reportedly told international business magazine, Economist, that not even a single case of violence was filed with the police, suggesting the 2008 elections were peaceful, although the opposition insists the polls were one of the most violent in the country’s history, with more than 200 MDC-T activists reportedly killed, while thousands others were internally displaced in the presidential election run-off held in June 2008.

“It was very fair, very fair,” he said of the 2008 elections. “Where is the evidence of the violence? Was it taken to the police?”

Former President Robert Mugabe was declared eventual winner after his main rival, the late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, pulled out of the race citing persecution of his supporters by ruling Zanu PF party activists and State security agents.

Tsvangirai initially fled the country and later came back to form a coalition government with Mugabe after the international community refused to recognise the latter’s election victory.

Analysts and opposition parties yesterday said it was shocking to hear Mnangagwa claiming that the 2008 elections were violent-free.

“He has chosen to have selective amnesia after about 300 of MDC-T supporters were murdered in cold blood,”

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora said.

“This means this year’s elections won’t be free and fair if the President lies about the 2008 election. It is on record that Tsvangirai withdrew from that election because of violence, the regional body Sadc and the international community condemned that election too,” he said while dismissing Mnangagwa’s assertions.

Coalition for Democrats presidential candidate, Elton Mangoma said Mnangagwa’s view showed his standard of a free and fair election.

“It shows his standard. If he considers 2008 elections, which were condemned by the international community to be fair, then it means we are talking about different things. It seems he is going to repeat what happened in 2008,” he said.

“For him, the use of violence is normal and if he was genuine on free and fair election then he must have repealed Posa [Public Order and Security Act] and Aippa [Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act] by now. The longer he keeps ZBC to himself, then it means there are no prospects of free and fair elections.”

Transform Zimbabwe leader, Jacob Ngarivhume described Mnangagwa as insincere on ensuring peaceful polls.

“This shows how insincere Mnangagwa is. This shows how untruthful he is. This is a good indication that he is not a new dispensation. He is old wine in a new bottle and he is determined to make sure that Zimbabweans never know the truth of what happened to them since 1980. It shows that this man is unfaithful and he will change nothing,” he said.

“He knows the truth about 2008. He presided over the JOC [Joint Operations Command], which committed serious crimes when they tried to express themselves and it’s unfortunate that he is saying there is no violence. This is pathetic and disgusting.”

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson, Jacob Mafume said: “We wish they would have the dignity of allowing people to mourn in peace. They presided over a very violent State, where they used violence to suppress instead of investigating. The fact that he didn’t report his own poisoning to police tells you a lot.”

National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson, Madock Chivasa weighed in saying: “It’s a display of arrogance that is worse than hypocrisy. Assuming that there are no reports made, there is evidence in the form of graves of people murdered by Zanu PF in 2008. His sentiments show that his pledge of a free and fair election is a mere lip service.”

Harare Residents’ Trust director Mfundo Mlilo said: “It removes the veil that there is anything new about this administration. There is no way Mnangagwa can admit to the challenges and loss of life in that election because he was the political leader of the programme.”

Political activist, Patson Dzamara said it was shocking that Mnangagwa would say the 2008 polls were free and fair.

“His Excellency is proving each day that there is nothing excellent about him. Reputable organisations including Sadc and the AU [African Union] concurred that the election was not only unfree and unfair, but that it did not reflect the will of the people, hence, former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki was sent to push for the GPA [Global Political Agreement],” he said.

He said local human rights groups such as the Zimbabwe Peace Project and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights had documented the hideous crimes of murder, rape and torture perpetrated against opposition supporters, particularly ahead of the presidential run-off election held in June 2008 after the March polls failed to produce an outright winner between Tsvangirai and Mugabe.

Vendors’ leader, Samuel Wadzai said it was only natural that, as Mugabe’s chief elections officer at the time, there was no way Mnangagwa could have described the polls as violent.

“Why should we trust or believe him if he is not ready to reveal the truth of what happened in 2008? We urge ED to come out and disclose to the nation what really happened in 2008 if he wants us to dance to his chorus of free and fair elections,” he said


  1. The illicit, corrupt Mnangawa regime has blood on their hands, they came into power as a result of a military coup. Only a very naive person can think that Mnangagwa is committed to free and fair elections.

  2. ignorant people like u are the reason Zim is in a mess,because u tolerate and accept unaccountability.

    love my Zim.if u can’t get a job,or run a profitable business enough to guarantee ur family a decent life,its u who asked for it.

  3. Mnangagwa is Zanu pf and totally nothing has changed and will not change as long as the status co remains. Where is diaspora vote,why can’t you introduce IEC not ZEC? zanu pf will not change anything and Zimbabwe will remain a junk state come what may.ED and Mugabe and their Zanu has totally undermined the people’s lives for decades of years,so what changes do you expect in Zimbabwe and truly speaking,zimbabweans must change their atittude so as to perceive with good future to come but not under zanu pf regime please.

  4. Love my Zim, is actually one of the operatives who went around murdering innocent people in 2008 and beyond because they have a different view than his and zanu. To sum it all, since 1980 there is nothing good that has come from zanu and nothing, I say nothing good will come from those murderers and thieves. They are a product of evil.

  5. There were no police reports in june 2008 because you Mnangagwa and the military had turned police stations into war bases manned by militias in police uniforms who would arrest and lock up anyone who came to report violence by zanu pf. Tell the truth Mr. Mnangagwa. Deception isn’t of God but of the devil

  6. its time we finish off the job we started when we gathered in our large numbers to tell Mugabe its time up. the fact that we did it in unisom with soldiers does not mean we happy with the junta rule. that was simply the first stage to get rid of zanu pf. now lets go for the final push for God is on our side. the kleptocracy must be vanquished. its possible, lets go for it. Let freedom ring!!

  7. Mnangagwa should be reminded that when God used him and his bunch of rogue soldiers to remove Mugabe, he wasn’t suggesting him and his cohorts were clean, neither did he mean that Mnangagwa would rule beyond election. you have tested power and have experienced its sweetness, now you think you can rule beyond your mandate? your task is to prepare for a conducive environment for a free and fair election so that the people of Zimbabwe including those in rural areas can vote for those they want without fear or intimidation. Any attempt Mr. Mnangagwa to extend your mandate beyond elections will see you removed with shame like your predecessor.

  8. There was technicallity here, people were scare of reporting fearing further reprisal and the Chihuri Police being partisan would take none of it. This was done deliberately so that nothing becomes official yet people were being brutalized left right and center.
    Remember the long and short sleeves,the bases in the rural areas and towns were people were tutored, the forced pungwes etc. and we hear someone senior claiming that it was a free and fair elections. Even the war veterans who spear headed the campaign have since condemned what happened. Surely this is going to militate against the president and his zanu PF in the forthcoming election an apology would have helped the situation.

  9. Is this even surprising coming from a guy who has always been known for violence and terror? His history tells us you should question his sincerity when he discusses about democratic and economic reforms as he was heavily complicit in all major political violence that has taken place in this country over the last years. The guy is 75 and expecting him to change his way of thinking at that age borders on delusion. Zanu Pf should cease to exist for this country to move forward.

  10. Hoping that ED’s government will let ZEC carry out its job freely, professionally and without interference is the highest level of naivety.
    ED Munangagwa knows without doubt that he if election is fair then he cannot win. He will, just like RG Mugabe force himself on the people of Zimbabwe through arm twisting ZEC to skew the election in his favor.
    However his presiding over Zimbabwe will not do any good to the economy, but will only prolong the Zimbabwean people’s suffering and woes. Munangagwa knows that but will still choose rape through grabbing power craftily.
    ED is not aspiring in order to serve Zimbabweans, he is there to be the Zimbabwean president even if Zimbabweans like it or not…

  11. That man is EVIL itself him and the DEVIL are very close cousins ,he has more years of killing innocent lives so to him its normal to put a person in acid we have lost relatives to this guy , way in time when he was just minister then , he was untouchable and went on killing as if its normal.

  12. I honestly would have expected ED to at least be honest and tell nothing else but the truth about the 2008 elections. Does this mean that he is faking to be a changed person or he is merely playing politics? Playing politics on such extremely clear facts that the 2008 elections were robbed is a shame for a head of State I was beginning to admire. To have said no comment could have left him a better philosopher.The path he took makes him a BIG LIER.What more lies will he say? Asazi.

  13. By proffession ED is a lawyer thats y he says there is no evidence from tht simply because no report was made. There cant be a case if there is no complainant kkkk. Law is unfair. The pipo even feared to report



  16. ED has my vote thumps up ure in the treck you cant solve all e problems in 100 days vachingovukura. these pple ana chamisa they over promis and under deliver. ryt now the party is broke but ure saying u will turn harare into las vegas in 100 days kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  17. when mnangagwa was poisoned he never reported the matter to the police but when he adressed churches in bulawayo he said thank you for praying for me when l was poisoned. where is the evidence when you did not report the matter. shame on you

  18. Munangagwa doesn’t have Zim people at heart.lnstead of being sorry for e cruelity which is being labelled to you as a mastermind,you are definding it with everybreath u have.Many people were left homeless some orphans bcz of the violence of 2008 and yet you lie.Remember ur are not a god and one day justice will be served.Just because you did not lose yr child,wife or relative it dosent mean we all did not.Anywhere i dont blame you how would you have known it when you where in your palaces surronded with a 10 metre high walls.

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