Elections will be ‘free, fair’: Tsvangirai
MDC-T leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai assured supporters Sunday
that fresh elections expected next year would be “free and fair” adding he
was confident of finally end President Robert Mugabe’s lengthy hold on
Mugabe recently revealed that elections to end the coalition government
would be held in March but the MDC-T says conditions are not in place for a
credible ballot and has been pressing for full implementation of political
reforms agreed under the GPA deal.
However, speaking an event to remember victims of political violence in
Chiweshe Sunday, Tsvangirai said assured supporters said measures would be
taken to ensure the election outcome was not disputed.
“We will make sure that the next elections are free and fair and we are
going to win it. We would want SADC observers, African Union and European
Union because we have nothing to fear or hide,” he said.
“We are going to make sure that the next election is free and fair and we
are going to win it. If Mugabe wins, I should be able to congratulate him
and the same should happen if I win.”
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 but Tsvangirai said
that is certain to end next year.
“Zanu PF will never win a free and fair election. Zanu PF is a party of the
past and MDC-T a party of the future. The struggle is for Zimbabwe to free
ourselves from the Zanu PF bondage,” he said.
“The oppressed continue fighting until the oppressor loses grip. This
country has suffered enough. People fought for freedom during the liberation
struggle but in Zimbabwe, only to turn from being oppressed by our black
Tsvangirai won the first round of the Presidential ballot in 2008 but pulled
out of the run-off after accusing Mugabe of brutalising his supporters.
The two leaders have repeatedly called on their supporters to refrain from
violence in the period leading up to the new polls but Tsvangirai said his
rival had been making half-hearted appeals.
“Mugabe should not preach peace and act violence,” he said.
The MDC-T claims 14 of its members were killed when a Zanu PF militia
attacked its supporters at Chaona Business Centre in Chiweshe after the 2008
The party said the 14 were part of some 500 supporters killed in clashes
around the country at the time.
“In 2009, the MDC submitted a list to the Attorney General and the Police
Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri with the list of the perpetrators of
violence but no arrest and prosecution have been made up to now,” the party
said in a statement.