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Chamisa escalates ED war

MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa yesterday vowed to fight to the bitter end and flatly rejected president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa’s overtures to end the dispute over the outcome of the July 30 presidential election.

BY EVERSON MUSHAVA

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa

Chamisa, who has disputed the outcome of the polls that showed Mnangagwa winning the presidency by 50,8%, said he would not rest until the results are overturned.

The youthful MDC Alliance leader ruled out the possibility of a government of national unity (GNU) with Mnangagwa, saying he would not be used to legitimise an illegality.

Addressing the media in his victory speech on Friday, Mnangagwa tried to reach out to Chamisa, saying he had a role to play in the “present and the future of the country”, a statement immediately interpreted to mean he was mulling a GNU with the opposition party.

But in an interview with The Standard yesterday, MDC Alliance national chairman Morgen Komichi ruled out such a possibility.

He said unity governments should be a voluntary thing and not forced through election theft.

“We don’t want people to abuse their power, to abuse the guns to rig elections in order to (force a unity government). let the GNU come out of free and fair elections, let it come out of a voluntary process where the winner should lead the GNU,” Komichi said.

“Let the GNU be a policy of the party, not to rig elections and then call for a GNU, that is not acceptable.”

Zimbabwe has been on the edge since the July 30 elections, with the military reacting brutally to protests by the MDC Alliance who were demanding the release of election results. The military action resulted in the death of six people, although there are fears the number could be more than that.

As the tension thickened police on Friday tried to stop a press briefing by Chamisa before Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo intervened.

Mnagagwa then held his own press conference at State House moments after Chamisa’s and said Chamisa had a role to play in the country, calling him to peace to ensure the country succeeded in its rebuilding process.

Chamisa reacted through Komichi and said: “President Mnangagwa must learn to be different from Mugabe, but anyhow, when he was defeated by president Tsvangirai in 2008, Mugabe wanted to hand over power to Tsvangirai, but it was Mnangagwa who reversed that.

“He is not a new person in this matter. He is the master of deceit. He must not pretend to be good to the world, he knows what he did. He rigged the elections and he now wants to extend an olive branch. Can that be politics? It is a culture that is developing in Africa, and we cannot allow that kind of thing. Let a winner be a winner.”

19 Responses to Chamisa escalates ED war

  1. Gaba Godigo August 5, 2018 at 10:55 am #

    Chamisa should just accept defeat, unite all small opposition parties and prepare for 2023 elections. He needs to foam an all inclusive opposition and not rely on those in diaspora, youths and hooligans. What makes him think all Zimbabweans like him? Failure to accept defeat is an indication of political immaturity. He forgets that he did very well in the short space of time. He needs to build on that momentum. Come on Nelson, grow up lad!

    • Kutonga Vanhu August 5, 2018 at 1:22 pm #

      I agree with you. He will waste a lot of money and human resources in battle he will not win. As a man of God he should know where his limits end. Chamisa will win the next election. He needs to unite the opposition and lure more people from from Zanu PF and fence sitters. Mnangangwa is bout to fail. If God has a plan for him to win, then he will be like David, leadership will be thrust into his hands. He should also know that at times, in the process of arguing with fools, the wise man can end up being a fool also.

  2. ROY August 5, 2018 at 11:47 am #

    we are behind you NERO,we should not let our vote be stolen

  3. Tinowaziwa August 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Show the nation how you were robbed of victory or just zip up if you can’t prove it!! Makakwidzwa ndege yemashanga naana Ibbo Mandaza, that fake political analyst.

    • nacho August 5, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

      say that again.

  4. zimbabwean August 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    takagara tazviona kuti mufana anodyiwa heavy uyu how can u claim victory to an election isati yaitwa dzikama wakadyiwa zawakaita zvakafanana nomutambi wesnooker anomhanhira kundosinker black ball asati apedza mabhora ake kana oudzwa naumpire rightfully kuti game over okakavara achiti kana zvakadaro umpire ngaamupe chance yokumwisa mabhora ake aanga asiya too late hazvichaite wadyiwa maresults amapolling ose ari available for u to witness mind u 6.5% yawakadyiwa nayo is 300000 plus voters u are so greed and many zimbabweans including those who voted for u doubt your motive of becoming a president u and biti are intending to be instant millionares at the expense of zimbabwe tax payers remember the biti and mangoma rebellion after empting the mdc coffers the tell tsvangirai to go to hell u want to do the same with state coffers

  5. Yohwe August 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Guys, we need to move forward. If it was not God’s will for ED then God will do that which we do not except. Remember God says the battle is His. Don’t fight for Him. So, Chamisa, accept the outcome and if it wasn’t God’s will, watch this space. People are being killed in the streets while you relax in your offices pondering on your next case in court. Please, don’t use us as political fodder.

    • EmptyWin August 6, 2018 at 8:15 am #

      Heavy = 0.8%??? Wakapasa grade 7 here? After rigging ED scrapped htrough with less than 1% above the post plus of course 7 dead bodies. Very empty “win” if you ask me.

      • siwinile ncube August 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

        is it not supposed to be 50%+1%, ko 0.8% is it 1%

        • Timothy Thorton August 12, 2018 at 7:54 am #

          50% + 1 vote

  6. Angela Botha August 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    Why can t these 2 divide the leadership = Chamisa,Bulawayo and Harare,and ED leads the rest.An Alliance

  7. Venancio Village 13 Chirera August 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Ndiko kujairira kwenyu vanhu veZanu PF kudya chomudiki nokureba. Chamisa is on right treck. Why are u always rigging the elections? The late MDC leader makaita the same thing now again! Hamunyari makaita sei? Or why are yiu not declaring kuti munyika hamufanirwe kuitwa election than kuti tambudza zvakadai? You are not rigged the elections from Chamisa but makabira the whole entire nation. Nyarai nokuraura zvisina basa. Stop using the word harmonize becoz you not harmonized.

  8. Kiddnille August 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm #

    It’ s not Chamisa or the MDC who are the biggest losers. It was a huge loss for the people of Zim. Like in 2008 the Will, the Wishes, the sacred Aspirations of the people of Zim were stolen in broad daylight. Smith and RGM had did not believe the will and wishes of Zimbos matter. Now ED has confirmed he believes the same.
    Zim and it’s people we are a cursed lot !!!

  9. Martin Tendai Gwete August 5, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    With all due respect,which I confer on all the citizenry of our beloved COUNTRY, ZIMBABWE,with what has just transpired,these watershed ELECTIONS,
    we ought to THANK GOD for them!

    CHALLENGES are concomitantly commonplace,and they are NEVER PERPETUAL;no,on the contrary!There is always a way out of perceived quagmires!

    The TASKING thing,which we ought to prevent right now,is degenerating into a non-advocated CIVIL WAR!Let us,as a PROUD nation,wear the cap of a PROGRESSIVE THINK-TANK,and whimsically weigh the OPTIONS to extricate ourselves from retrogressive behaviour!

    PEACE,and NOT WAR,must be our first,and foremost PREROGATIVE!The unfortunate CASUALTIES of this sudden MADNESS,whose authentic numbers have not been acutely VERIFIED,will NEVER be FORGOTTEN!They are active HEROES,and HEROINES in their own right!Heart-wrenching CONDOLENCES to them,and their Families!Their digital demise was not in vain!

    FORWARD EVER!
    BACKWARD NEVER!
    PROGRESS IS OUR GOAL!
    ALUTA CONTINUA!

    TO THE ALMIGHTY LIVING LORD GOD BE THE ULTIMATE GLORY!A M E N,and A M E N!!!

    S H A L O M!!!🙏🙏🙏

  10. Mazambani August 5, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    Why are you scared if ed did not rig the elections that is why they are courts and if there is sufficient evidence are you going to accept that.

  11. ADF August 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    “The voice of the people is the voice of God”, said ED. “ZEC subverted the will of the people”, says Chamisa. ZEC says ED got 50.8%? and Chamisa 44.1%? of the votes cast. The total registered voters is 5 million plus yet the total population of Zimbabwe is 15 million plus. Approximately 1/3rd of the population votes on who should be president, and ZEC decides that the choice of 2 million plus is good enough to choose to be acceptable to the majority, the 12 million people. God said, “Let us create man in our image and likeness to rule over …..” This is Theocratic Democracy, what we have is Capitalist Democracy which says,”Winner takes all by hook or crook” under the tutelage of the WEST. The Western world has perfected the instruments of exploitation to such an extent that we now accept them without questioning. The Capitalist Democracy we find in Africa is a sophisticated form of minority rule the same as during Ian Smith’s UDI or Apartheid South Africa.

  12. mzombod August 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

    tosvika canaan naccc

  13. Goredema August 6, 2018 at 1:21 am #

    America, Britain and South Africa are already sending congratulatory messages to ED. They’re already joining the Chinese and Russians on the looting table. They can’t wait to join the feast any longer!

    Despite the clear evidence of transposition and inflation of voter figures by ZEC in favour of ED the people are being cheated again. And all this due to Commercial promises and interests made between them and ED.

    They did so in 2000 parliamentary, elections, 2002 Presidential, 2008 and 2013. They’ve done so again in 2018 and will repeat it in 2023 and forever! Why put a cloth over our eyes? Just decree that there are no more elections in Zimbabwe? Tell us you USA, Britain, China, Russia and RSA you’re now guarantees to Zimbabwe’s adoption of the Chinese model.

    South Africa is pleased to see ZANU rule by hook or crook because they fear Cosatu or EFF might eclipse the ANC so they may need to adopt the Chinese model too.

    • Ken Girtz August 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

      In your estimation, is it also even remotely possible that these nations have satisfied themselves that ED did win and worthy of congratulations?
      In that scenario, what impact has Chamisa had on the immediate and medium term prospects for a much needed improvement in the quality of life of ordinary Zimbabweans?
      Elections are never perfect and maybe we should have a different model. Is it your proposition to the Zanu PF government to use its parliamentary majority to get rid of elections completely?
      We all need to CAREFULLY think through what has happened, is happening and might happen from the standpoint of benefiting national (and not personal) interest.

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