Mugabe gets another mandate to rule

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe got another mandate to rule for the next five years after garnering more than 60% of the votes in the just-ended harmonised elections.

BY NDAMU SANDU

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) declared him President yesterday.

Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980, got 2 110 434 votes representing 61,09% while his long-time rival MDC-T President, Morgan Tsvangirai garnered 1 172 349 (33,94%).

The other candidates Welshman Ncube, Dumiso Dabengwa and Kisnot Mukwazhe had 2,68%, 0,74% and 0,29% respectively.

According to the new Constitution, aggrieved parties have seven days to raise their concerns when results are announced.

The signs that Mugabe was destined for a crushing victory were evident as early as Thursday when National Assembly results started trickling in showing that Zanu PF had performed better in areas that were MDC-T strongholds in the 2008 elections.

In the national assembly, Zanu PF got 160 constituencies, MDC-T 49 and one independent candidate, Jonathan Samukange who won the Mudzi South constituency.

However, Samukange can defer his celebrations for now as there will be a vote recount as well as in Tsholotsho North won by MDC-T’s Sethulo Ndebele.

The recount in Mudzi South and Tsholotsho North would be held on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively after concerns were raised by some losing candidates.

Mugabe’s chief election agent Emmerson Mnangagwa said the people had spoken and his party had won the election cleanly.

On Tsvangirai’s statements that the election is a farce, Mnangagwa said: “Indeed he is speaking for a minority that voted for him. I believe that if he is an honest politician, he should respect the views and the spirit of the majority.”

He said Zanu PF would rule for the next five years, implementing what is contained in its manifesto such as indigenisation, empowerment, development and employment creation.

Mnangagwa said the elections were free, fair and transparent.
“At the moment of defeat, some people failed to be sober in order to direct themselves properly,” he said in apparent reference to Tsvangirai’s call that the polls were a “farce”.

Told that Tsvangirai had indicated that Zanu PF required MDC-T to govern the country, Mnangagwa said with over 60% of the votes, Zanu PF “have the capacity to rule and run the five years both in Parliament and in government”.

He continued: “What if MDC-T boycott Parliament? You ask them what they do. We will run the Parliament.”

Mnangagwa said the West have to make a climb-down as Zimbabwe had conducted its election in a peaceful manner.
“They [the West] must find a ladder and climb down and respect the views of the people of Zimbabwe. They believe that they are democratic countries and democratic elections have now taken place in Zimbabwe,” Mnangagwa said. “What else can they do except to respect democratic processes?”

MDC-T has threatened to roll out mass action in protest against the results.

“They have the freedom to speak their minds, this is why we are a democratic country but whether that will happen or not is something different,” Mnangagwa said.

2 Responses to Mugabe gets another mandate to rule

  1. Mugabe The Fossil August 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Kalaki’s Korner: Politics of the dead

    ‘Fantastic!’ I said. ‘Old Robber Mukote (Mugabe) has just been re-elected president with sixty-one percent of the vote! A million voters found their names weren’t on the register, but a million who were on the register were already dead! And the African Union says it was a fair result! Ha!’

    ‘Poor Dad,’ laughed Kupela. ‘You’ll never understand it.’

    ‘Of course I can understand it!’ I spluttered. ‘The one thing I can never do is approve it!’

    ‘Oh don’t worry about that,’ laughed Kupela, ‘nobody has asked you to approve it!’

    ‘Look,’ I said, ‘this old man Mukote (Mugabe) is about a hundred and ninety years old. He has been president for a hundred and forty years. How can the doddery old fool be governing the country at that age!’

    ‘Dad, you’re not in England now. You should know that here in Africa we respect old age. Even you, people respect you, even though you talk rubbish half the time.’

    ‘People may make the mistake of respecting seventy,’ I said, ‘but a hundred and ninety is a much more serious mistake. At that age he should be dead!’

    ‘He is dead,’ declared Kupela. ‘Since you imagine yourself to be a political commentator, I should have thought you would have known that!’

    ‘What! Dead? What nonsense are you talking?’

    ‘I also wonder what nonsense you’re talking,’ laughed Kupela. ‘You say that you understand but don’t approve. But now it seems you don’t understand either. Of course Mukote has been dead for the past hundred years. I thought everybody knew that!’

    ‘What!’ I hooted. ‘Then that only makes it worse! How can they have a dead man governing the country?’

    ‘Here in Africa,’ she replied. ‘People respect their ancestors. In times of trouble they always ask them for advice.’

    ‘But making a dead man president is taking things too far!’

    ‘As a general rule,’ said Koops, ‘the dead are much less dangerous. A dead man has never been convicted of anything in any court!’

    ‘Not true,’ I cackled. ‘Last month a Russian court sentenced a dead man to thirty years in jail for corruption.’

    ‘So now you’re agreeing with me that dead people can be quite active!’

    ‘I didn’t say that!’ I snapped. ‘I just said we shouldn’t have one as president. Where, outside Africa, could such a thing happen?’

    ‘North Korea,’ Kupela responded immediately. ‘After his death in 1994, Kim Il Sung was immediately declared Eternal President. And of course he is still president because eternal goes on forever.’

    ‘What nonsense you talk!’ I scoffed, ‘Kim Jong Un is the President of North Korea.’

    ‘No he’s not,’ said Kupela. ‘He’s the Supreme Commander. But Kim Il Sung is the Father of the Nation and the Eternal President.’

    ‘Let’s get back to Zumbumwe,’ I snapped.

    ‘Good idea,’ laughed Kupela. ‘Because His Excellency the Great Chikolwe President Robber Mukote is the Father of the Nation in Zumbumwe, so he will always be the Eternal President of the Zumbums.’

    ‘What nonsense,’ I laughed. ‘He’s president because he rigged the election. How do you explain the names of a million dead people on the voters register?’

    ‘You really have a problem understanding this, don’t you? Our ancestors are our advisors, and we have to seek their opinion at election time. Here in Africa we have equal rights for the dead, unlike the West where they are forgotten like yesterday’s garbage. Here in Africa we know that if we ignore our ancestors then we shall certainly bring down all sorts of unnatural calamities upon ourselves, as has happened in the West.’

    ‘So Mukote got his majority from the ancestors?’

    ‘Naturally the ancestors tend to vote for one of their own.’

    ‘So how do these ancestors actually reach the polling station and cast their votes?’

    ‘Now that’s a better question,’ said Kupela. ‘I see you’re now trying to understand all this. If you knew more about ancestors, you’d know that the spirits of our ancestors can return to Earth and inhabit the bodies of the living, especially in times of crisis, so that they can give their advice and cast their votes.’

    ‘So does this explain the million names that went missing from the register?’

    ‘Of course it does. Those whose names went missing were not allowed to vote because they had been selected to be inhabited by their ancestors who vote using the bodies of the living. These inhabited people are called the Zumbums, which is why the country is called Zumbumwe. Here in Zombieland they are called the Zombies.’

    ‘But how does an ancestral leader stay active for a hundred years?’

    ‘There are various ways, even in the West. Like Count Dracula, who ruled Transylvania for a thousand years by sucking blood from the throats of his subjects. This is one way that loyal citizens can keep a dead leader alive.’

    ‘That certainly sounds familiar,’ I admitted. ‘Maybe there’s more to this interpretation of politics than I had realized.’

    ‘Now perhaps you understand why people say that Cycle Mata will win the election in 2021.’

    ‘Now I understand,’ I said. ‘They must have consulted the ancestors! And the ancestors will join the voters! But what happens when he goes to join his ancestors?’

    ‘Then he can rule for a thousand years!’

    ‘But if the ancestors are always in charge,’ I wondered, ‘how shall we ever get new ideas into politics?’

    ‘I don’t know,’ said Kupela. ‘We shall have to ask the ancestors.’

  2. Dandirautande internet August 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    At least one lesson was learnt over the past elections; now we know that we can go for elections to choose our leaders without the violence – that maiming and killing of our neighbours. Whether rigged or not is another matter – at the least the sanctity of human life was respected. I think another step is to show we can develop, indigenize and empower without making too much noise that draws unnecessary attention. Hanzi netsumo yevakuru ‘’nzanga inokura yerema, yemuchenjeri inoparara’’ –apa kureva kuti imwe nguva vanoita mabhindauko avo chinyararire (vachinge marema) vanobudirira, asi avo vanotaurisa (sevakachenjera) imwe nguva kubudirira kushoma.

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