Tsvangirai trashes 2018 poll ‘results’

Mr Morgan Tsvangirai

Mr Morgan Tsvangirai

Takunda Maodza Assistant News Editor
MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said he will not accept results of next year’s harmonised elections unless they delivered victory for the opposition.

Mr Tsvangirai’s statement, made during ZCTU-organised Workers Day celebrations in Dzivaresekwa, Harare, dovetailed with sentiments made by his deputy Ms Thokozani Khupe in the United Kingdom on Saturday where she said MDC-T had Plan B if President Mugabe prevails in 2018.

She said: “If Mugabe refuses to go, we have Plan B. I can’t divulge the details now because I don’t know who is here, but I can assure you that Mugabe will not steal the vote again.”

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In all elections, MDC-T has contested since 1999, Mr Tsvangirai has lost and alleged rigging every time.

Yesterday he told scores of party supporters disguised as workers: “We will not accept any outcome which is not victory for the opposition, ndakuita hwaTrump manje. Trump said he will not accept the result if he does not come victorious.”

Mr Tsvangirai, whose party was routed by Zanu-PF in the last harmonised elections, claimed Zanu-PF was now a minority and minorities do not win at the ballot.

“If I do not win in 2018 I will not accept the election result because it is very simple. How does a minority win over the majority. How a minority divided, fragmented and imploding win over a united opposition and a united alternative,” he added.

Zanu-PF dominated parliamentary elections in 2013, winning 160 seats with MDC-T managing a paltry 49 seats.

In the Presidential election, President Mugabe out-polled Mr Tsvangirai with 61.09 percent of the votes cast to 34.94 percent.

Mr Tsvangirai went on to allege that Zanu-PF was already rigging the 2018 elections saying he had received information to that effect.

“We have all the information, you (President Mugabe) want to cheat like what you did with Nikuv in 2013,” he said.

“We are faced with elections in 2018, there is no outcome yatinobvuma which is not a victory for the opposition.”

Mr Tsvangirai laughed off the state of the economy saying even farmers were failing to make ends meet.

“If you are a farmer failing to pay workers how can you say you are a farmer. I have bigwigs I know who admit that they are failing to pay workers and all their ill-gotten wealth has gone down the drain. The unfortunate thing is that they are other workers who will grow up and become pensioners before they even work.

We want you to work for your children. We want you to have a bright future. That is why we are saying 2018 there has to be no other option but change. The other only option is to die.” he said.

Added Mr Tsvangirai: “Chanaka vana vembwa havasvinure musi umwe, tese tasvinura nenhamo”.

He said there was no other option in 2018 other than an opposition win.

“In 2018 they have to be no other option but change. Option ingatoita ndeye kufa,” said Mr Tsvangirai without elaborating what he meant by “kufa”.

The event turned into a political gathering with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions delving into politics at the expense of issues affecting workers.

While Mr Tsvangirai yesterday alleged the 2013 election was stolen by Zanu-PF, it will be remembered that his then secretary general Mr Tendai Biti in March 2014, admitted the MDC-T lost squarely to Zanu-PF because it failed to market itself.

Speaking at a policy dialogue held at Sapes Trust in Harare, Mr Biti said the Zanu-PF “bhora mugedhi” message resonated with the electorate while the MDC-T’s JUICE (Jobs, Upliftment Investment Capital and Environment) was too vague for the voters to comprehend.

“I think that it is important as Zimbabweans that the democratic movement has a message. The message of NO to the big man has been exhausted. Let us have a message, messages are key. Zanu in the last election had a very simple message, bhora mugedhi. Even a little woman in Chendambuya or Dotito just knew one thing, bhora mugedhi. Perhaps we were too sophisticated, but what was our message because the message of change of 2000 is not the message for now.

“We were selling hopes and dreams when Zanu PF was selling practical realities.”

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  • Zimba 1

    I think you forgot to mention that he won the first round of 2008….

    • Muturikwa we Gweru.

      Kana kuti akamboita number one mu grade 2

  • rukudzo

    Herald reports what they heard.Other newspapers should also report what they heard…..us as citizens we then decide where the truth is.

    • Moe_Scyslack2

      Did you even bother read this ‘report’? Usangowawata.

      • rukudzo

        You give the impression you are a know it all…..but the world is not made that way……what I have said is how things should be…..papers report what their journalist would have understood….that is the truth….saka iwe verenga as many as you can…..somewhere in between the lines of those papers lies the truth…….kana INI ndagwauta nokubgereketa kwandaita uko, imi bamboo murikuvukura….

  • Col Mayihlome Ihlasele

    But Mugabe was defeated fair and square in 2008 and it took a full month to release the result. Then we had “Operations Makavhotera kup”i by the war veterans who now pretend to “hate” Mugabe with 200 killed!!We may hate Morgan Tsvangirai but the truth is that he has been the biggest opponent to Mugabe since independence. Even my former party PF(ZAPU) never came so close to dislodging ZANU-PF. Think about it the original MDC was and still the only party in this country that had support throughout the country including across all tribal groupings. The” only party” sadly they destroyed it and so went the nation’s hopes

  • Masaisai

    What are you saying here? First the Herald is the public media. It’s purpose is to report both pro and anti government news as seen by the reports on the Jonathan Moyos, the Kasukuweres, the fights in the ruling party, corruption and all other issues that create negative sentiments in the country, the ailing economy, cash shortages. It puts into perspective how government is trying to address all these challenges. The Herald then reports on success issues like command farming, the ZimAsset progress, tobacco and cotton farming success this season. It also reports the truth like how ZANU-PF won by- elections, what Tendai Biti said regarding the results of 2013, what Morgan Tsvangirayi is saying about results of the both 2013 and 2018 elections results. The Herald quotes in “verbatim”, from the horse’s mouth. There is no bias when someone is quoted. If one says stupid things the Herald will not try to twist them to make them sound logical. Recently Tsvangirayi was looking for coalitions and signed MOUs with fellow opposition parties, when then did his party become a majority party in Zimbabwe? If it is a majority party, why look for coalitions? And then he says illogical things like elections being rigged before they take place? A whole man aspiring to run for president talking like that? How do you want the Herald to report?

    • Antitraitor

      That is the truth and you have responded well to the Tsvangirayi follower. He cannot stomach another impending defeat in 2018.

  • Sekuruwanguda

    ukaona uchifunga iwewe kuti ZANU PF is doing well for the country then u really need a head transplant

    • Antitraitor

      It is not only doing well but very well considering your sanctions which you pleaded for and not knowing that they will target you. Maybe its you who needs a body transplant.

  • ThaDoggPound

    You are deluded if you say MT achieved nothing in the gnu. It is very public knowledge that during the coalition govt, with the MDC incharge of the economy, life was vastly better than it is now with Zanupf “ichingotonga”. There were no biting cash shortages and the economy grew. For the local authorities you should blame your Kasukuwere for the mess, he has made it his sole purpose to disrupt the operations and plans of MDC-run councils. Are you now not leveling corruption charges on him for corruptly parcelling land??

  • shame

    At least according to you…shame.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Whose standards are you wanting to keep on adding to our electoral system. We are sovereign and not a colonial State. If your MDCT had won in 2013,were you going to reject the results because you need further reforms? Cu bono? Who told you the diaspora votes are only for the opposition. The 2008 elections are no longer relevant. Just prepare for the 2018 and stop baby crying in vain. The UK electoral system differs from the US. So what?