Power transfer deal sealed — Chamisa

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa yesterday claimed his legal team had concluded talks with key State institutions to ensure a smooth transfer of power from Zanu PF after his expected victory in Monday’s general elections.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/BLESSED MHLANGA

Chamisa, through his legal adviser Thabani Mpofu, said a transitional framework for the transfer of power from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to him was now in place.

“A transitional framework, one which cannot fail, has also been put in place. To that end, I wish to assure you, on my name and honour, that I and our legal team are going to superintend over the imminent smooth transfer of power to the incoming president,” Mpofu said.
“The necessary assurances from the security apparatus are to hand as they exist as a matter of law. Power will be relinquished. Power will be taken, even though mountains will be moved, albeit, this shall be a peaceful and tranquil process.”

This came amid fears that the military might refuse to recognise an opposition candidate victory and block the transfer of power.

But Mpofu said he was not at liberty to divulge the details of the power transfer deal and the brokers’ identities.
“The transitional mechanism is a composite arrangement which, at this stage, is confidential in nature. It involves so many people, it involves so many things. It is a matrix, it is a programme which, by its nature, cannot be divulged beforehand. But I wish to assure you that that matrix exists as a matter of fact and has been superintended by some of the brightest legal brains in the land,” he said.

Mpofu added that his legal team had also put in place adequate mechanisms to foil Zanu PF and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec)’s planned rigging machinations.

“Dear Zimbabweans, on the 30th of July 2018, the business is going to be decided and decided forever. I urge you to express your views, to restate your dreams, to articulate your aspirations without fear in the fullest assurance that such expressions will take effect.

“Your votes, as sharp instruments, will reduce the swindling power of evil to chaff and with your assistance they cannot be negated by any rigging mechanism, however, pernicious,” he said.

Chamisa has been accusing Zec of cutting corners in a bid to rig elections on Mnangagwa’s behalf.

The MDC Alliance has tabled several electoral reform demands which have, however, been ignored by Zec.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF legal secretary Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana scoffed at Chamisa’s claims, saying the youthful opposition leader would soon wake up from his deep slumber after losing next week’s polls.

“Dreams don’t reflect reality. He is entitled to his dreams. Zanu PF is winning hands down, so there is no talk about transfer of power. Transferring from who to who?” he queried.

Mangwana said there was no need to talk to the military over transfer of power because they (military) were not a factor in the election.

“We don’t even talk about the military. They are not a key player in the transfer of power. It is the people of Zimbabwe through the democratic process of the election who determine who shall rule the country,” he said.
“Nelson Chamisa should count himself out of the equation because Emmerson Mnangagwa is popular. We are not worried about the military because they have made their position very clear. They have said they will defend the sovereignty of Zimbabwe.”

Political analyst and academic Ibbo Mandaza said the transfer of power could happen as Zanu PF was powerless to stop it and if the party resisted, the international community would intervene.

“If Chamisa wins, it’s unavoidable. There is enough international presence like never before to ensure that it’s done,” he said.

“If they try and stop that process, they will be stopped in their tracks and they know that and they have been told that by Sadc, AU [African Union], EU [European Union], and Commonwealth. They have been told that by all the major factors pertaining to the Zimbabwe situation, they know that. They put themselves in the spot. They were over-confident. They are the ones who pledged themselves to a free, fair and credible election and they are too thin on the ground. They will be foolish to try and resist.”

Mandaza said Chamisa had a 90% chance of winning the election ahead of Mnangagwa, although his party could struggle in the parliamentary race.

“He has 90% chance. I am not so sure with the parliamentary (race), but with the presidential, I give Emmerson Mnangagwa no more than 11%.”

31 Comments

  1. Ibbo Mandaza’s hatred of ED which knows no bounds, now clouding his sense of reasoning. His disrespectful and unprofessional underestimation of Mnangagwa will backfire. He, like Chamisa, will wake up from a deep slumber to hear and see ED’ victory parade.

    1. l do not see any hate being portrayed here. Mr Mandaza is only saying what he thinks will happen and also predicting the results of the elections.

    2. Chen Chikezha

      Wakanyepegwa hama, ask us who KwekweED him twice until he created his own constituency other than that where has he ever one anything that makes you think he is popular (how are you measuring his popularity)?

  2. Keep on dreaming Nelson.

  3. Chisa mbama

  4. Farai J Nhire

    Chamisa’s showing will only be visible in larger parts of Harare and Chitungwiza. Khupe will share Bulawayo with Ed but the rest of the rural folk, where there is the majority of the tolal population belongs to Ed.

  5. 2008 killers and Gukurahundists, your time is up, its time now for revenge, we survived specifically for this time, our anger is aimed at the ballot paper with our own pens in hand frowning at you, remembering our dear brothers and sisters who perished in your hands,we will not miss this penalty for sure, this time its pay back time, Asijik.

  6. Zanu yakaora. It sickens.!!!!

  7. Comment…ibho 100%corect.a freefair eleflction wil
    lead 2 chamisa voctory only😀😀

  8. The contradictions are just too much now. Chamisa and Biti convinced the US to renew and extend ZIDERA sanctions because there are reports of “military deployments in rural areas to intimidate voters”, the in Zim he tells us that he has struck a secret deal to have power handed over to him with guarantees from the same security apparatus? This man will say anything to save his skin for sure!

  9. Wezhira Wezhara

    I like this dream and wonder what kind of lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu is. If you are now a politician please declare your interests and join the ring. What gives so much confidence that Chamisaa will win. I will repeat that ED will garner more that 2,8 million votes of the plus or minus 5 million who will vote. And Chamisa will garner plus or minus 1,5 million votes. There is no rerun and please mark my words. As for Ibbo Mandaza, this is quite interesting from a fool like you,
    ““If Chamisa wins, it’s unavoidable. There is enough international presence like never before to ensure that it’s done,” he said.
    “If they try and stop that process, they will be stopped in their tracks and they know that and they have been told that by Sadc, AU [African Union], EU [European Union], and Commonwealth. They have been told that by all the major factors pertaining to the Zimbabwe situation, they know that. They put themselves in the spot. They were over-confident. They are the ones who pledged themselves to a free, fair and credible election and they are too thin on the ground. They will be foolish to try and resist.”

    Who is too thin on the ground, Chamisa or Mnangagwa? Chamisa has been recycling his crowds in Harare which he moves around with. ED has crowds and mind you 63% of registered voters stay in rural areas while the remaining 37% are in urban centres (Afrobarometer survey is my source). In urban centres MDC will share with Zanu and MDC T of Khupe that 37% but they will get a small share in rural areas. Chakachaya prepare ED inauguration next week.

    1. Chen Chikezha

      Wakanyepegwa hama, ask us who KwekweED him twice until he created his own constituency other than that where has he ever one anything that makes you think he is popular (how are you measuring his popularity)?

      1. How many are you Kwekwe?

    2. Chen Chikezha

      Wakanyepegwa hama, ask us who KwekweED him twice until he created his own constituency other than that where has he ever one anything that makes you think he is popular (how are you measuring his popularity)? Anodyiwa Garwe kurasa dehwe kuZvishavane chaiko.

  10. Mufana uyu ane chipo chekuzvifonera nekuzvifadza nenhema. arikufunga kuti vanhu ndevake manje achashama ne Monday because tichaenda kuno vhotera ED zvinemutsindo chaiwo

    1. forward with new dispensation.

    2. mudhara with all sufferings in zim u still to vote for garwe kura mhani iwe

  11. Thabani, you are exposing the inside elements who are anti-Mnangagwa. Surely and dearly MDC will not win this election so please spare us the optimism and exposure. Please stick to advocacy and preaching, this is not your forte at all.

  12. Comment…Apo tinosangana nemafaro zvinoda kuzvibata nekudzikama. Apo tinosangana nekusuwa, zvinoda kuzvibata nekuzvidzora. ZVIUYA ZVIRIMBERI.

  13. ibbo please stop smoking what ever you smoke when you talk of the political terrain of this moment in time.ED 11% CHAMISA 89% ??????? impossible , realistic would be ED 49.5 % Chamisa 48% and the country will go for a run off.

  14. kkkk kana uri ndumure unozvikwidza ndege yemashanga chokwadi. At least ari right kufana kuzvifadza izvozvi soon after elections anoita strss mfana uyu. ED pfeee

  15. Comment…The most dangerous deeds killing zim1 tenders are given to the few conected without cheking the bareground does the company being given
    any tenderhas been paying tax.Look at Chivayo was given a bigger tender for what .As l see Mnangagwa is following Rgm footsteps .Marry chiwenga was awarded a tender within 8months of power .Be warned fellow country man dont vote these powerhungry man

  16. tendai chaminuka

    Legal Team doing what.Your legal team can not even transfer power from Dynamos.And what procedure is that nhai Nelson.Keep on telling lies to your gullible supporters.Watinyadzisa Advocate and we had so much faith in you.

  17. Ukarota nyika ino isingatongwi neZANU PF, mukaaa ubike dorooooooooo
    Sorry handisini ndataura.

  18. If the MDC alliance fails win , Chamisa stands the risk of a heart attack . This is an election of which is anyone’s game . Too much confidence is dangerous Chamisa .

  19. Tman zimbabwe

    Ibbo dhara risina mano. Since the inception of Mdc you were anti-zanupf but I don’t see your results. Just get funding for your sapes uchitaura zvine musoro. 90% against 11% unogwara I we. Chamisa yava shiri inemuririro wayo, nothing perplexing nebenzi redu. He is an intertainer, not presidential material

  20. This is the time for some pple to get mad. Ibbo mandaza and chamisa, what the hell are talking about. Ibbo we know you have been anti mnangagwa and we know who your horse was, joice mujuru, but reality dawned overwhelmly on you that she wont even get a single seat and 2 percent on the presidential ballot and now you are halucinating. Dont let hatred get you to this level of madness.

  21. ndabayiwaaaaa nechinja kuti jujuju musazourayana,musatukana,musazorovana,musazoshorana,musazorovana,musaroyana chamisa woyeeeeee

  22. Keep on dreaming, somebody buy this guy a bullet train. You really under estimate ED dont you??

  23. Hold on, Hold on NOW. Take a chill pill. Why not just wait for post-30th before you start talking about power transfer. Hatidi kunyara when the same Headlines you made pursue you like a madman chasing nothing.

  24. chamisa is a great fool. ibbo is an idiot

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