Chamisa rejects ‘fake’results

MDC Alliance’s presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has rejected election results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) last night with his party chair Morgen Komichi claiming they were “unverified” by the opposition party’s chief election agent and therefore “fake”.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Komichi took the Zec commissioners by surprise when he jumped to the top table shortly before announcement of the last batch of the returns, and told journalists that his party would not challenge the results.

“The results that have been announced so far, we reject them because they have not been verified by our chief election agent (Jameson Timba). I represent my candidate Nelson Chamisa. The results are fake, they have just been printed and not verified,” said Komichi adding that a meeting with Zec had been inconclusive.

Before Komichi could finish he and Chamisa’s spokesperson Nkululeko Sibanda were ushered out by State security agents.

Despite the drama, Zec chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba went ahead and declared Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa as winner with 50.8% of the votes, just enough to scrap through the constitutional threshold of 50% plus one vote required to avoid a run off.

Chamisa, according to Zec got 2147 436 votes representing 44,3% of the votes cast.

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Mnangagwa’s disputed victory gave the ruling party firm control of government business after securing a two-thirds majority in Parliament with 163 seats against MDC Alliance’s 64 seats.

The election was the first to be held in the former British colony since Robert Mugabe, the 94-year-old autocrat who ruled for 37 years, was ousted by the army nine months ago.

Yesterday’s results and management of the whole electoral process would be used to determine Mnangagwa government’s legitimacy and whether the country qualifies for reengagement with the international community.

Zimbabwe hopes to reintegrate into the international community after years of isolation during former leader Robert Mugabe’s reign. Foreign powers will now have to decide whether the poll outcome gives Mnangagwa and Zanu PF the legitimacy needed to rejoin institutions such as the Commonwealth.

Without a massive and rapid infusion of foreign aid, the country faces total economic breakdown.

The vote count took more than three days, leading to growing tensions and calls from the international community for a swift resolution as Chamisa’s supporters turned riotous accusing Zec of fraud. Six people were shot dead on Wednesday when the army opened fire on opposition protesters who had taken to the streets accusing Zec of tinkering with the results.

Chamisa told reporters before the results were announced that he was confident of victory and that his party, adding however that he suspected Zec was plotting to “steal” his victory.

Prior to the polls, Chamisa had raised a red flag over a number of irregularities including a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation, bias in the electoral commission and handouts to voters from the ruling party.

But his complaints which were upheld in several foreign observer groups’ reports, went unheeded by Zec.

The power scrap went right to the wire with Mnangagwa’s 40 year-old challenger winning in four provinces albeit with slight margins in two but had crushing wins in the country’s two biggest cities, Harare and Bulawayo.

However Chamisa was undone by low margins in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and surprisingly his home province of Masvingo.

Mnangagwa whose Zanu PF party swept the board in Mashonaland Central taking all parliamentary seats on offer crushed his opponent with 366785 votes against the opposition leader’s measly 97097. In Masvingo a province where Chamisa was expected to do well, the 40 year-old only managed 171 196 with his opponent picking 319 073 votes.

Harare carried Chamisa on its shoulders with his biggest vote haul garnering 548 889 leaving Mnangagwa smarting in his wake with less than half his tally at 204 710.

Chamisa also won in Bulawayo where he got 144 107 against Mnangagwa’s 60 168, Matabeleland North where he got 137 611 while his rival received 111 452. It was a rather close fight in the Midlands, Mnangagwa’s home province but the Zanu PF leader took the honour getting 350 754 against Chamisa’s 255 059.

Mnangagwa also won in Matabeleland South getting 107 008 with Chamisa very close on 90 292. Zec left Zimbabweans biting their nails after withholding results for Mashonaland West at a point indications were the two frontrunners were neck and neck.

When the final results were announced Mnangagwa trounced his rival by garnering 312 958 with Chamisa getting 217 732 bring the fight to a dramatic end.

Priscilla Chigumba went ahead and declared Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa as winner with 50,8% of the votes, just enough to scrap through the constitutional threshold of 50% plus one vote required to avoid a run-off.

Chamisa, according to Zec got 2 147 436 votes representing 44,3% of the votes cast.

But the MDC Alliance presidential candidate dismissed the results as “scandalous” and promised to expose Chigumba and Zanu PF by giving the correct tallies captured and signed for by Zec polling officers and their agents at constituency level today.

Mnangagwa’s disputed victory gave Zanu PF firm control of government business after securing a two-thirds majority in Parliament with 163 seats against MDC Alliance’s 64 seats.

The election was the first to be held in the former British colony since Robert Mugabe, the 94-year-old autocrat who ruled for 37 years, was ousted by the army nine months ago. Yesterday’s results and management of the whole electoral process would be used to determine Mnangagwa government’s legitimacy and whether the country qualifies for re-engagement with the international community.

Zimbabwe hopes to reintegrate into the international community after years of isolation during former leader Robert Mugabe’s reign. Foreign powers will now have to decide whether the poll outcome gave Mnangagwa and Zanu PF the legitimacy needed to re-join institutions such as the Commonwealth.

Without a massive and rapid infusion of foreign aid, the country faces a total economic breakdown.

The vote count took more than three days, leading to growing tensions and calls from the international community for a swift resolution as Chamisa’s supporters turned riotous accusing Zec of fraud. Six people were shot dead on Wednesday when the army opened fire on opposition protesters who had taken to the streets accusing Zec of tinkering with the results.

Chamisa told reporters before the results were announced that he was confident of victory, adding however that he suspected Zec was plotting to “steal” his victory.

Prior to the polls, Chamisa had raised a red flag over a number of irregularities including a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation, bias in the electoral commission and handouts to voters from the ruling party.

But his complaints which were upheld in several foreign observer groups’ reports, went unheeded by Zec.

The power scrap went right to the wire with Mnangagwa’s 40-year-old challenger winning in four provinces albeit with slight margins in two but had crushing wins in the country’s two biggest cities, Harare and Bulawayo.

Chamisa was undone by low margins in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and surprisingly his home province of Masvingo.

Mnangagwa whose Zanu PF party swept the board in Mashonaland Central taking all parliamentary seats on offer crushed his opponent with 366 785 votes against the opposition leader’s measly 97 097. In Masvingo, a province where Chamisa was expected to do well, the 40-year-old only managed 171 196 with his opponent picking 319 073 votes.

Harare carried Chamisa on its shoulders with his biggest vote haul garnering 548 889 leaving Mnangagwa smarting in his wake with less than half his tally at 204 710.

Chamisa also won in Bulawayo where he got 144 107 against Mnangagwa’s 60 168, Matabeleland North where he got 137 611 while his rival received 111 452. It was a rather close fight in the Midlands, Mnangagwa’s home province but the Zanu PF leader took the honour getting 350 754 against Chamisa’s 255 059.

Mnangagwa also won in Matabeleland South getting 107 008 with Chamisa very close on 90 292. Zec left Zimbabweans biting their nails after withholding results for Mashonaland West at a point indications were that the two frontrunners were neck and neck.

When the disputed final results were announced Mnangagwa trounced his rival by garnering 312 958 with Chamisa getting 217 732 bring the fight to a dramatic end.
Mnangagwa immediately capped the drama by taking to social media to salute his supporters.

“Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams.This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all!,” he said in a message on his Facebook wall.

49 Comments

  1. mukovhe wa tshilidzi

    komichi the risk of being being nothing but a spark of dust will haunt you from now. hausi lawyer, teacher kana chii saka wotongo mirira ka allowance neka mota from parly. it is you who should be licking the croc kuti uwane kurarame. shame uri komichi chaiyo inongo shandiswa ne pwere vana nero!!!

      1. Guerra nao para

        u zanus who told you that you cant be removed? who knew that smith would go. If opposition starts to revolt violently do you thnk you can survive?. sukaaa.

  2. CHAIRMAN NDAWE

    Thank you Zimbabwe! I am humbled to be elected President of the Second Republic of Zimbabwe. Though we may have been divided at the polls, we are united in our dreams.This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity and love, and together build a new Zimbabwe for all!.we thank GOD for your life E.D. you are now taking us to a new Zimbabwe we always dreamed. i salute

  3. then if the results are fake ,you have the onus to profer admisible prima -facie evidence to prove beyond any resonable doubt that the elections were rigged.

  4. Your Name (required):Special Black

    Chamisa should join hands with all peace loving zimbabweans and the government, if the courts, not press conf, rejects his so called results, mould himself to become a future leader with well disciplined supporters, find someone to teach some of his supporters how to behave knowing that ZANU PF has supporters too. Lies and banditry behaviour displayed by some your supporters before, during and elections is pathetic. Akatora g40 nana biti thinking they have support. try next time pastor. ED Pfee.

  5. ED Pfeee to all with ears to hear individual votes do not constitute a win for your candidate but in a democracy its about the majority rule and lets not take orders from politicians who will be cosily sitting in the comfort of their offices or homes whilst you are made to do the donkey work you will make fools of yourselves.

  6. Comment…Ed kubamavotes shame on you

    1. Komichi akanzi come and verify and refused it means he feared the obvious. I rest my case.

  7. Comment… individuals benefit Shame

  8. Comment… individuals benefit Shame

  9. Mnangagwa, Chiwenga and Chigumba, you have monumentally rigged the election right? But you cannot do so to the economy!

    1. shunguhadziurayi mangarayi

      To hell we are tired of this nonsense. Hee you can rig electrion but cant rig economy since mdc formation singing the song that is now boring even street kids. Chii chakarigwa ipapa why do you think everyone like your mdc and your fool chanyiswa? Go hang ED pfeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  10. Comment… individuals benefit.shame shame

  11. No surprises that ZANU PF rigged – it is, after all, what they do. No doubt we will now be hit with a smooth, sophisticated, well-funded program to sell the varnished product, delivered through hired mouthpieces in the media.

    Likewise, not too surprised that the MDC‘s promises that THIS time they had effective counter measures seems to have turned out to be as fake as the election results. Let’s hope they at least have a better plan B than appealing to the courts, especially after having been steam rolled by a judge at ZEC…. and given that they are yet to receive the 2013 electoral roll from the courts… not forgetting some unresolved constituency court appeals from 2008… and 2002.

  12. Comment…lets give chamisa a credit guys mdc performed better this time as compared to 2013 ,so its a good start ,to ed I say congratulations and fulfil your promises not kungotaura without action esp cash crisis bcz hatidye mavotes apa ahwina nevadyiwa takafanana becoz we buy at the same shop ……..we swim or sink together

  13. Farai Johnson Nhire

    Makorokoto kwamuri murambwi, makunda. Ndirikutotsvaka card rinezvivimbiso zvamakatipa saka motoshanda nesimba chibwa. 2023 is not very far so if you do not fufil what your promised, Nelson will have my vote! Thank you Nero for trying hard, better luck next time. You still have a lot of chances in the future because you are still very young. To those giving comments,please regai kuramba muchinyomba Mdc alliance because match yapera saka yava nguva yehandshakes zvinongoitwa kunhabvu. Let’s just help them to find the necessary closure naturaly needed because of frustration from a defeat.

    1. Farai, you are very learned. Wataura semunhu akanyatsodzidza kwete zviri kuitwa nevamwe vari kukanganwa kuti vakahwina ndivaMnangagwa and zvanakira ivo. Vese ava vari kutaura zvakaipa ava izvozvi kana rentchaiyo yepaanoroja havana kubhadhara nekuishaya. Mwari tiitirei nyasha.

  14. SHAME TO ED, CHIWENGA AND ZANU PF. WHAT CAN YOU GUYS CELEBRATE? CELEBRATE SUCCESSFUL RIGGING AND MANIPULATION SHAME. THANKS TO YOUR RUSSIAN AND CHINESE FRIENDS. THE ECONOMY AWAITS YOU CDES AFTER YOUR CELEBRATIONS.

    1. Bango you dont even know what you talking about.ED IS GOING TO BRING MEANINGFUL DEVELOPMENT .You must understand that MDC is not just trusted by the voters but most of them just hate ZANU pf IF YOU PUT A DONKEY as a candidate for MDC they will just vote for the donkey

  15. Now that the election is behind us, let us build bridges to unite divided citizens and heal the nation. Zimbabwe after all has finally emerged unscathed.
    We cannot remain in the electioneering spirit forever.
    Those whose candidate(s) failed to win did not lose but instead learnt something .Tomorrow is still another day.
    All said and done, there can never be power counterbalance. Lets not stagnate in the electoral wounds.

  16. Sincere political condolences to MDCT Alliance. May the rest in peace until 2023.

    1. And most interesting Zanupf won in the hotbed of Gukurahundi which gives credence to what i have always said that people who are peddling this issue are doing it for personal benefit as the people of Matabeleland South have moved on.

  17. #HararehaisiZim

    Reporters!……expose the destruction caused by protesters, and not only the live fire. Some riot police also fuelled the situation by failing to maintain impartiality, siding with the protestors. Destroying fellow citizens property will not help but paint a very ugly picture to the MDC party.

    What some desperation and high school politics displayed by Komichi and Sibanda why not build a strong case and use the available legal means for the benefit of the people of zim. Protesting alone and “pop up” press briefings will worsen our image and our economy as a country and who suffers the most… isu povo,not ED not Chamisa.

  18. Its all over as a contest and unfortunately the Mugabes had set the bar too high for Nelson and the young man need to go back and explain to his handlers that he had under estimated the power of the rural vote and the Chiefs who were given brand new single cabs by the government, infact ED will do his term now and handover to Guvheya for another 2 terms and only then can Chamisa dream of taking over and hopefully by then he will have matured political wise.

  19. Economy.economy and end to corruption otherwise nhamo yega yega

  20. Comment…I hope Chamisa will walk the talk after declaring that he would resign if he lost to ED

    1. Chamisa did not suffered a defeat, are you out of your senses? these election results are a sham, stolen , fraudulent and shameful even to the riggers themselves. apa international community has condemned them as not free and fair so what are you talking about? silly

  21. Guys we have spoken but they have refused to listen but life is in God’s hands aluta continua.

  22. Though I am an MDC Alliance supporter, congratulations to ED. You now have five years ahead of you to prove your ability. Rigging or no rigging Zimbabweans let us all unite to build a better Zimbabwe

  23. #HararehaisiZim

    Reporters!……expose the destruction caused by protesters, and not only the live fire. Some riot police also fuelled the situation by failing to maintain impartiality, siding with the protestors. Destroying fellow citizens property will not help but paint a very ugly picture to the MDC party.

    What some desperation and high school politics displayed by Komichi and Sibanda why not build a strong case and use the available legal means for the benefit of the people of zim. Protesting alone and “pop up” press briefings will darken our image and worsen our economy as a country and who suffers the most… isu povo,not ED not Chamisa.

  24. Guys we have spoken but they have refused to listen but life is in God’s hands aluta continua.

  25. Dear all commenting negatively about President Nelson Chamisa.Mulimazyu abantu moonse mulitufwiti twenkuku-idiots,stupid & fools-Binga speaks Out.

  26. Chamisa wanted to snatch the national Presidency the same way he grabbed power in the aftermath of Morgan’s death (MHSRIP). There is no election with e predetermined outcome. The young man now needs to go subject himself to an election at the MDC congress. The MDC party has an obligation to train its leader in the basics of democracy, that there is no one pre-ordained, and that until and except through the pathway of fair violent through elections, Nelson has and will have no legitimacy.

    1. pathway of fair and violence free elections … No legitimacy for Chamisa!

  27. Chamisa you are an immature peasant that is being controlled by disgrace and you need to realise this is not student politics.

  28. Congratulations to ED, sir we now want you to walk the talk, politics politics politics is now over put us in gear where we think economy economy economy as you once promised. May this be revealed in the cabinet team that you are going to set.

  29. I am really disappointed with Newsday. Why are you negatively minded? Why don’t you celebrate with the majority of Zimbabweans, rather than focussing on a sideshow? The main show is the declaration of the winner. That should be your heading. Instead, you are focussing on what if. To build Zimbabwe and create a one family spirit, the press must take a leading role. This is the problem with Africans, they focus on negativity. I know you are not happy that ED won, but how you expect Chamisa to have move votes when he lost almost all rural areas? Please, respect us and report positive news.

  30. You have spoken but others have spoken too. unfortunately those others are the majority. Its unfortunate that u feel the vote of the rural people must be thrown into the bin and yours is soo important what Democracy is that?

  31. Runesu Cuthbert

    Hapanchina chokuchema apa taizviziva kuti Chamisa is not a Presidential material kamunhu kaingohwahwata zvisina maturo .I want to thank Zimbabweans for their political maturity in realising that Chamisa is a political novice and a chancer. Congrats to ED for winning Zimbabwe is ready for business.

    1. ED, a president who orders his army to kill unarmed civilians? Not my kind of president.

  32. not even a single person is celebrating in Zimbabwe, there is nothing to congrats? Poverty is coming, Zanu Pf is the greatest advanced elections rigger machinery, its actually a wastage of time for Zimbabweans to go for an election, wasting time to cast ballots! Chigumba actually print figures and gave them to Commisioners to shout them, they have powers no one will question them, actually impossible to reverse these shoutings of election results! for myself l only guarantee 2 things:

    1. Chamisa losses – must wait till 2023
    2. Zimbabweans will continue to suffer, cash crisis no jobs

    This is much true as no investors will come to support a country with disputed election results. Even a citizen of Zimbabwe wil not dare him\herself coming from diaspora to Zimbabwe it will be a complete application of poverty and startvation to your family.

    My fellow Zimbabweans l urge you not to have Demos not because we are cowards but actually Zanu Pf and the army will kill you and you will die for nothing as nothing will change. Chigumba declares its final lets suffer guys till we waste time again in 2023 July harmonised peaceful rigged elections

  33. We need the votes cast per each constituency. Also its now a long time since constituencies were delimited. The delimitation was done to favour ZANU PF awy back in 2007. For example, Gokwe or Mutoko might have the same population as Budiriro, but Budiriro has one constituency while Gokwe and Mutoko have five and four constituencies respectively.

  34. In all fairness we cant be a country which talks of politics every day,people should simply accept defeat.They really gave it their all,but zvakaramba,however if there is evidence they should take it before the court.Otherwise congrats to ED and to the MDC Alliance better luck next time,but even then try to expend your energies on the rural vote.

  35. shunguhadziurayi mangarayi

    Heyi this writer called Richard is a shame. He cannot hide the pain in him for the dismissal of his party and its presidential candidate. Where are you basing your so called disputed win?? Learn to accept the truth and say it you loose nothing. We know you are paid for writing good about mdc and bad about ZANUPF but surely how would you have felt a ZANUPF election agent going on stage to denounce the result when your so called president was winning? Hazvidi hasha izvi. Ndizvo zvamunoita kuti vanhu vazopinde mumastreets muchivanyepera vamwe vozosangana netsaona imi muri mudzimba dzenyu. Your so called president ovaramba kuti havazi wedu biti achiti ndevedu. Nyaraiwo toda zvinoita nyika ifambire mberi.

  36. As much as we all love Chamisa and people have voted for him especially in urban areas, all what we want is peace, peace, peace. Do not do stupid things as you still have time to be voted again in 5 years. Do not let people regard you as heartless. What I know is if you press for re-run dont be surprised to get fewer votes coz urbunites are very lazy, some will not vote, whilst rural folks are always determined. So let there be dialogue and we move forward.

  37. CHAMISA, YOU WON RESOUNDINGLY IN URBAN AREAS AND ZANUPF LOST SO THERE IS NO HONKING AND CELEBRATIONS, THEY ARE VERY FEW ZANUS IN URBAN AREAS. IN RURAL AREAS THEY ARE CELEBRATING IN THEIR OWN WAY COZ THEY WON RESOUNDINGLY. THEY HAVE NO CARS TO HONK. LOOSING IS ALWAYS SOUR WE ACCEPT YOUR TANTRUMS, GO ON IT WILL HELP YOUR ANGER.

  38. Theres never an election where the looser goes out queitly NEVER. So please allow Chamisa to do his thing, its only NORMAL. Let him enjoy the coverage coz ZBC will not cover him. Mupeiwo nguva yake.

  39. I guess when we vote, we vote for good living standards and people have been having wishes for better
    IIving standards just like our neighbouring countries. I personally dont care who becomes who. Because whoever wins might not meet me personally and buy me a sweet. But rather that the country have better living standards. We need cash for smooth transactions, and if jobs are delaying then projects should chip in, and people should be given platforms to trade and do projects. Because of technology the more we delay to create jobs in the country, the more technology substutes labour, and the more technology comes in the more people loose chances of getting Jobs, for today’s machines can replace 20 or more people, meaning work that was suppossed to be done by 20 people, a machine can do. And saves the imployer to loose on wages. So we should also remember that we are fellow citizerns and we should not become enermies because of political affiliation. We do not breathe based on a political party.

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