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Resolve election issues speedily to move Zim out of logjam


WHILE it is commendable that several diplomats accredited to Zimbabwe — just like many international observers that witnessed the recent elections controversially won by Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa — have recognised that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has a role to play in the new government, they should not jump the gun.


The matter that the nation is seized with at the moment is whether Mnangagwa’s victory was fair, given the alleged victimisation of MDC Alliance’s election observers, particularly those that refused to sign the V11 forms confirming the authenticity of the results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).

It is unfair for the diplomats, particularly Algerian ambassador Nacerdine Sai, Angolan ambassador Pedro Hendrick Vaal Neto and Mphakama Mbete of South Africa, to try and exert undue pressure on Chamisa to join forces with Zanu PF, as that would virtually rubber-stamp a victory that he is challenging. These diplomats should, in fact, be urging the courts to deal with the matter expeditiously and fairly so that it is done and dusted and the country can move forward.

It would be a shame for the diplomats to rubber-stamp a Zanu PF victory that is yet to be ascertained by the courts. Impartiality is important in matters of such nature. These same diplomats did not speak as strongly when the military — which can only be deployed by Mnangagwa constitutionally — used live ammunition on unarmed civilians. In a normal and civilised country, such a scandal was enough to have the president step down.

Joining forces to rebuild the nation is important as it must be the desire of every Zimbabwean, but this should not be done in a manner that will endorse Mnangagwa’s disputed victory. This court case should first be exhausted to the satisfaction of all the parties. That is the only way the two protagonists will be able to join hands and work together without any suspicions or trying to second-guess each other.

While garnering over two million votes, constituting 44,3% in the presidential race may qualify Chamisa for a role in government or in shaping the country’s destiny, there should be clarity as to what it means to “work together”. Is this some form of coalition government, or Chamisa and some of his MPs getting some ministerial or government posts? The fact that Mnangagwa recently ruled out the possibility of a Government of National Unity makes the proposal rather hazy.

It is our hope that all outstanding issues will be resolved quickly so that the country can move forward and ease out of the election mode that has the potential of bringing business and economic activities that benefits the nation to a halt.

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  1. I think the diplomats are very correct whichever way you look at it. Zimbabwe needs to move forward and I think Africa needs to come up with a clear code of conduct on election results given the fad on the continent for opposition parties to contest their loses. The problem for MDC is that the whole shenanigans seemed to have been premeditated because they started talking of causing mayhem even before a single vote was cast. Their leader Chamisa also posted a winning claim some 35 minutes after the closing of booths. That was not only idiotic but irresponsible, because counting had not even commenced in most stations. They have been claiming to have evidence of vote rigging since day one but up to now they haven’t lodged their challenge. To me it only shows a group of people with no strategy or interest of the people at heart but themselves. The story of not displaying V11s have now migrated to not being given V11s and also the naivety of quoting the Western observers report on the elections. I sincerely hope these guys will apologise to the generality of Zimbabweans who want peace and development when all is done. As publications you have a responsibility of calling MDC to order regardless of the stance. They are simply in a mode to soil and frustrate the whole process not taking cognisant of such implications on the political risk of the country.

  2. When are they supposed to file their petition? “within 7 days after declaration of the winner by ZEC”. Has that time expired or lapsed yet? “Not yet” So why are some commentators getting so angry on ‘you know who’s behalf? “I don’t know.”

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