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Tsvangirai asked for poll delay: ED

By Bridget Mananavire

Ailing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai reportedly asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa to postpone general elections by three years ostensibly because lack of electoral reforms was likely to undermine the credibility of the 2018 general poll result.

Morgan Tsvangirai vs Emmerson Mnangagwa
Morgan Tsvangirai vs Emmerson Mnangagwa

This comes as the veteran politician, picked to represent Zimbabwe’s opposition Alliance in the presidential election expected in the third quarter of this year — his fourth time as a presidential candidate — said on Monday it was time for the older generation to make way for younger leaders in the party.

Tsvangirai, 65, reportedly tabled the proposal to postpone elections to Mnangagwa, 75, when the new president and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga made an impromptu but welcome gesture to check on the social democrat, who has dominated Zimbabwean opposition politics since the formation of the MDC in 1999.

Mnangagwa ascended the throne last November after Robert Mugabe was forced to resign following the intervention of the military.

Tsvangirai was first diagnosed with cancer of the colon in June 2016 and has been undergoing treatment in neighbouring South Africa.

The MDC leader, who was Zimbabwe’s prime minister in an uneasy coalition government with the ousted Mugabe from 2009 until 2013, has been undergoing repeated cycles of treatment that have left him frail.

Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, told the Daily News yesterday that his boss was awaiting formal submissions from the opposition on the “legal issues” the MDC leader wanted addressed in relation to his proposal to delay the 2018 elections.

“Tsvangirai asked if we could delay elections, his reasons were couched on legalism. The president said there was need for a formal submission on the issues that needed attention so that they could be considered,” Charamba told the Daily News yesterday.

“What you need to understand is that the processes of communicating with government are different, you need formal legal submissions, then after the submissions are made, they are negotiated and we go to Parliament with an agreed position. What should be noted is that where there is consensus, reforms can be done in one day.

“Both the president and the vice presidents are riding high on the change that happened in November. If we are to go for elections, it would be a white-wash. It is the opposition that wants to buy time as it would be in their interest.

“And since their leader has hinted on handing over power, if it’s before elections, it means they would need a new leader and give him profile, so time is not on their side.

“However, there is also the aspect of electoral timelines that should be adhered to after proclamation of elections.”

The opposition has been demanding wide-ranging electoral reforms which they said should be enacted before going for the general elections, but according to Charamba, there has not been any formal submission to government in that regard.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka denied that his boss had tabled a proposal to postpone elections.

“That wasn’t raised (in the meeting), to the best of my knowledge. I think I issued a statement after that meeting with ED and that matter was never a subject for discussion,” Tamborinyoka told the Daily News.

This comes as different narratives have emerged over who exactly tabled the request to postpone the election timetable.

Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo claimed in an interview on BBC’s HARDtalk with Zeinab Badawi aired yesterday that it was actually Mnangagwa who asked Tsvangirai for a postponement ostensibly because he was afraid of losing the election to the 65-year-old former prime minister, the loser in Zimbabwe’s last three controversial presidential polls and who almost ended Mugabe’s rule in the historic 2008 polls.

“We know that when Mnangagwa and Chiwenga went to … Tsvangirai’s house, they pretended that they were concerned with Tsvangirai’s health but we know they wanted to negotiate with him to postpone elections for at least three years,” Moyo told Badawi.

“They are afraid of elections; they don’t want to have free and fair elections, let alone credible elections.”

Zanu PF administration secretary and Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu rubbished Moyo’s claims that Mnangagwa visited Tsvangirai in a bid to postpone the elections.

“On the contrary, the president wants the elections to be held as soon as possible without delay,” Mpofu told the Daily News.

“I don’t know where he (Moyo) is getting all this from, which is opposite from what is on the ground. As far as Zanu PF and my brief from the president is concerned, the president will soon be declaring the dates for the elections and Zanu PF is geared for that,” he said.

The Home Affairs minister also dismissed Moyo’s allegations that there was a “death warrant out for him” saying many of his “comrades” were alive and well in the country, albeit fighting for their freedom at the country’s courts.

“First of all, these will remain allegations but I am not aware of the death warrant which has been sent out for him from the president’s office and secondly, what he is alleging in terms of the president’s legitimacy is out of place.

The president is a product of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which Constitution got him into power to be where he is, which power will be subjected to the electorate in the soon-to-be-held elections.”

Moyo said Mnangagwa’s regime was illegitimate and alleged there was an “international conspiracy” to globally endorse his regime that came to power through the military-engineered ouster of Mugabe.

He also rubbished claims by Mnangagwa that he was preparing to hold free and fair elections this year.

“He (Mnangagwa) can’t hold free and fair elections! He cannot, there has never been a single case of a government that has come to power (through the) bullet (holding credible elections),” he said.

“If anyone out there thinks that Zimbabweans are going to embrace the coup and entrench these leaders … right now the Cabinet … is led by the most feared people in the history of this country.”

He said the Constitution of Zimbabwe requires people to come into power via the ballot and the people of Zimbabwe will decide.

“If the world wants to be at odds with the popular will of the people of Zimbabwe, that is up to them.

“We can only be concerned about the Republic of Zimbabwe, the views of the people of Zimbabwe. The international conspiracy that supports a dictatorship that has come to power via the bullet is another story which will not be experienced by Zimbabweans for the first time,” he said.

Asked whether he would spend the rest of his life on the run, Moyo said he was not a fugitive because he left Zimbabwe legally and there was no warrant of arrest against him at the time.

“I ran away from a death warrant — an unlawful attack on my house,” Moyo said. He said the only charges against him were “political” and that these would not be of interest to Interpol, the global police agency.

Moyo, who is in a self-imposed exile, also said he will not discuss an immunity deal with the Mnangagwa government.

“When the devil offers you immunity, you would be a fool to enter what is called a Faustian bargain,” he told Badawi.

Moyo also claims his colleague Saviour Kasukuwere’s family and his hid for 15 minutes from a volley of gun attack from the defence forces’ special forces’ (SAS) snipers.

He alleged government was struggling to conjure up a criminal case against him, hence have allegedly turned to politically persecuting him. Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption officials have alleged he used money meant for the manpower development to fund personal interests and has to face corruption charges.

The anti-graft body has alleged Moyo, in cahoots with officials from his ministry, diverted $430 000 from the fund to finance personal activities.

He said he left Zimbabwe with the help of people “who to me are angels because they saved lives.”?“I left Zimbabwe when … Mugabe was still president of the country and I left with the assistance of these people legally. When I left Zimbabwe there was no warrant of arrest for me but there was a death warrant,” he said.

“We must have the rule of law. The army deployed itself, when the Constitution said only the president can deploy it. When you have people who have deployed themselves and taken over all the institutions of the State and government you don’t discuss immunity with them.”

Charamba told the Daily News that Moyo’s whereabouts where known and they will get him when the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is ready to take the matter for prosecution.

“He has a case to answer on Zimdef (Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund that was under Moyo’s ministry) and he cannot run away from that, we will get him,” Charamba said, adding that Moyo’s claims were aimed at soliciting for sympathy.  DailyNews

  • zvatotanga zviana @jahprayzah ndini ndamubata.. relax mhani. indaba muchida ktonga zveuugube

  • Its the otherway around you twisted the story

  • I think he shld concentrate on his healthy rather than doing nonsense

    • Blue lies my friend

    • Even if they go to polls today without reforms no opposition party will win,u must know your history

    • history can b changed

    • Rigging votes is the only way in which Zanu uses to win election and why do they refuse to do the reforms if the’re not afraid to loose votes

  • He should handover power

  • traitor tsvangirai sold party

  • Zvakanaka…nyika haina kumira mushe

  • Zvitori nani pane kumhanya kunotamba chikumba mground risiri even.

  • So Jona was saying the truth

  • The whole mvt shldnt contest elections just because the big man is cancer stricken… this is sad really

  • I think that’s a lie, coming from George it’s a lie

  • Nehanda liyanya fake news

  • He knows he will be dead by that time, so sad😭

    • Umwe aidaro mazuva apera ayo but takazonzwa kuti aita accident akafa, hupenyu ndehwaMwari uyu

    • How does he know asiri Mwari

    • Handina kuti handife asi kungotaurawo chokwadi so iwe Munyaradzi Barnabas Tecnic Soka

    • Tinashe Renalekgosi Mbara unoonererwa nevanhu kunge hwako hupenyu wakatenga kare..aah shame.Seka urema wafa sahwira ndine hurombo mai vako havana kukudzidzisa tsumo iyoyo.

    • Its a cruel thing to say, mr.

    • Why do people post such stupid things

    • uar not God my brother

    • Hiiiwe uite mushe hausiwe Mwari

    • Layie Wekwa Makumbe and where’s does my mother fit in this? Mhata yamai ako inobuda madzingidzi.

    • Dont parade your stupidity here Tinashe whatever mbara.Ndati dzokera kuna mai vako uti mhamha ndinokumbirawo kudzidziswa tsika,hunhu or ubuntu.I am afraid ukasadaro unosvikwa pakufa uchiita nekufunga semhuka.Chiona manje wakutipa basa isu vatorwa rekukudzidzisa zvawaifanirwa kunge wakadzidziswa kare namai vako sekudzidziswa kwatakaitwa isu vamwe nana mai vedu.

    • Musatanyoko wandibhowa nxaaa. Dai uri pedyo ndakumamisa

  • That’s a lie, even his own dog won’t allow him to say such nonsense

  • There is something inside the mug but worrying how it spilled to a cloth from a different table

  • George Charamba is telling lies. Jonathan Moyo is the one who exposed EDs visit. Charamba now twisting the truth

    • If Yu are getting us$15 000 and yr wife is set after Yu are gone.you can as well say let’s postpone them ,how does an early election benefit Morgiza..lol ..makuterera Jona anongovukura zvake uyo.

    • ED needs more time because he’s the one in a corner. He has to fulfill the promises he made. Right now he has achieved dololo

    • Muchie Chinyanganya u are ryt

    • By these statements we can appreciate that Jonso knows these guys better.

    • Obviously because they know each other’s dark secrets. They have been together for long. It will be foolish to ignore some of the things he says. People night argue but in his bitterness he will be revealing some truths which help achieve the much needed change

    • Jona belongs to political dustbin ,haanei nesu,but to settle his political scores with ED ,but akapihwa size yake chaiyo,he has lost relevance uya….

    • Are ypu seriously saying you believe that lunatic called Jonathan on this or any other matter? Really??? Smh

  • The factional wars in ZanuPF are so damaging but if one dissociate self from any of them sit back and analyze the utterances from both Entente and Alliance Camps you would see that Jona was right he mentioned it & Chinamasa was correct on the Saturday night of the solidarity march. Don’t trust each of the camps

  • Jonathan Moyo pulled a fast one on ED now this is damage control .Jono says it ED and Charamba says it Tsvangirai and soon Tsvangirai will deny it & then we will never know the truth hayaaaas😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • Bitterness yemukadzi arambwa neshoroma ndoina Jonono. She can say futi mari yaanayo ndeyechikwambo….never take her seriously, she is only bitter of loosing the luxury she used to enjoy. Its not easy to forfeit all those things they were enjoying in gvnt: the luxurious lifestyles of free luxurious cars, free fuel coupons, luxury homes , covered corruption. Wotanga kuita a fugitive w frozen accounts, no mukadzi no family no money no freedom no power .

    • Denzel, Jonathan Moyo took his family with him. Didn’t you hear what he said? You think vana Jonathan Moyo vakapusa zvekuti, vaingoita hupenyu hweku Zimbabwe without securing their future? Hallo! These are politicians. Did his face look like someone who is under a depression? The fact that this guy managed to escape the coup under their nose should tell you kuti havana kupusa. Politicians don’t keep their wealth munyika mavo, they keep it outside the country kwavanoziva kuti kana zvaipa, they will go and enjoy their wealth peacefully.

    • kana mukadzi akazotevera thts good… thanks

    • Not many of them had seen this coming… they were caught by surprise. They were actually seeing their proxy going to state house and were singing tapinda tapinda Jehova munengoni…

  • Kkkkkk….

  • Not true . It’s the other way

  • Lets use current photos please.

  • kana irichokwadi Tsvangirai have got some gud benefits , ndozvavakaindera kumba kwake kundotaurirana

  • Makuzotibhowa manje tsvangirayi ndiye munhu atanga kurwara here inga vanhu wemuz+m munozvitimakadzidza vani makutadza kufungaaaaaaa nhayi

  • Hwava vutsotsi

  • Vakutanga skiri dzabob kuda kuunyana face munhu achingotonga bedzi

  • Zvatanga

  • MuZimbabwe manyanya nhema, nezuro rimwe rakabuda paBbc Hardtalk richiti ED akakumbira Save kuti maElection ambomirwa ozoitwa after 3 years nhasi rimwe ravakugwauta zvarowo

  • Bull shit!!! Fake news,makatangirwa naJonso he spilled the beans already

  • Zanupf asked for the postponement

  • Kunyepa uku guys

  • Well ED has a huge mission to accomplish. He needs to keep the wheel moving. We can’t keep procrastinating

  • We are about to request military coup to remove Tsvangirai from chiwenga

  • Mavakuzviwana kupi imi maiva makavharirwa panze

  • Musavukura imi, let the man speaks for himself.

  • You’re now lying. Jonathan Moyo told us that it’s ED who requested for it.

  • Kakaka zvamunotaura zvinoonekwa nani uye mugowanei nazvo….itai mhuri dzenyu dzigute ….gore pondo muchingoti Tsvangirai ,,,Jonso

  • I don’t mind another 3 years to exactly how the new govenment is,also it’s an advantage to Tsvangirai coz the opposition is in Tatters right now anyway if yu see a President consulting his opposition counterparts it’s a welcome move in liked it Big Up ED.Dai ari Bob akutovaudza zvekuita

  • Tsvangirai arikuitira kuti his favorite chamisa atange asvika makore anodiwa kukwikwidza as President plus time for the successor to market himself to the voters

    • As far as i know he turns 40 this Feb which is the minimum requirement

    • But still time yekuzikanwa nevanhu kunyanya kumaruwa to the level yaTsvangirai ishoma

    • @Chinoz wapedza on e 28 th february akupinda 40

    • Chamisa is well known countrywide it’s only in your brain where he is not known

  • Why should pplelisten to someone in the wilderness.Jonso azviwanepi iye akahwanda

  • My President ED

  • Guy these white people still are in control the only person anga achiramba ndi Bob apo what you saw was a confirmation kuti we are prepared to work together saka very soon sumbu richatanga kupinda munyika read in between the lines

  • Umm

  • charamba need to cover ED’s side because Jonathan Moyo explode it… tozviziva hedu

  • Kkkkkkk lol tsvagirai futy

  • Will MDC have access to the voters roll? No point delaying if you are kept on raw terms

  • Ndokuti muone kuti Chematama hachina musoro basa rekuuraisa vanhu

  • arikutya kudyiwa fairly kkkk

  • its better to solve economic first,then general polls untill such a tme

  • Its quite unthinkable that we have people who still believe in a scatterbrained, desperate and bitter professor holed up in some secret foreign hiding.

  • Isu taka hwina kare arikuto daro ndi ED asina anomuziya kunze kwevari kumuitira toyi toyi pa Bulawawo apo

  • And u cn stil believe then u col urself a journalist?who went to see who?

  • Guys ED is not there to stay but on presidential Post he wants to push a bit and resign so tht tsvangirai takes over they are one family those guys

  • Joji joji give mugabe and gresi tea and shut up pls

  • For those who say Jona was lying then how come he knew correctly that something about election postponement was discussed?

    • Question mark

    • But he lied that Zimbabweans are demanding to know where Mugabe is. I dont want to know and if i see him in the street i will knock down that carcass and pour acid on it.

  • Doesn’t that sound strange even to you Charamba?? Why would an ailing candidate want elections to be post-poned?? Wouldn’t the opposite be what he wants?? Emmerson needs to fire this guy as soon as yesterday!!

  • Is MDC the only opposition in the country? Does Tswangirai also want to join the Mafia gravy train? How can one political party decide people’s cause?

  • Iweka Sekai matanga ka

  • Nhunzi kunyepa

  • Trying to become Prime minister through the back door……

  • Pedro Gorosviba

    Adonijah

  • emkay

    lol…………tsvangirai has been “kooed”