President Tsvangirai not in any deal with Mnangagwa

President Tsvangirai

There is a grossly false story by Reuters news agency suggesting that President Morgan Tsvangirai is involved in a secret deal with Zanu PF’s embattled Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to form a coalition government outside of elections.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

For the record, President Morgan Tsvangirai has never held any meeting with Mnangagwa, whom he last met four years ago during the time of the inclusive government.

President Tsvangirai and the party he leads will never be party to any government formed outside of elections. We are a democratic party that values the legitimacy that stems from the people’s involvement through a democratic process of elections. As such, President Tsvangirai will never be party to any deal that falls outside the democratic values of legitimacy and elections.

Moreover, President Tsvangirai has not had any meeting with either the British or the military involving this purported deal that shamelessly falls outside the realm of the legitimate process of elections. The electoral process defines the character of the MDC. It is our unstinting belief that any government formed in this country must be a legitimate government that stems from elections, which elections are due in 2018 in line with the country’s Constitution. Any purported deal outside elections and involving diplomats, the military and other such characters will not be legitimate and will not rescue Zimbabweans from their current predicament simply because we are where we are as a country because of the crisis of legitimacy.

While stability is important, President Tsvangirai and the MDC have always placed a far much higher premium on legitimacy and democracy.

The MDC is not and will not be party to the Zanu PF factional wars and the false story by Reuters sadly projects the party and President Tsvangirai as appendages to the vicious quest by one of the Zanu PF factions to take over power outside of the legitimate process of elections.

In conclusion, the MDC has a functional Alliance with several other political parties and groups that have a genuine desire to rescue Zimbabwe from its current abyss after a free, fair and credible election that should be held next year.

The MDC is a genuine and sincere member of that functional Alliance and will not engage in any other clandestine deal that seeks to undermine both the integrity of the Alliance and the legitimate process of elections.

Moreover, that Alliance was formed in fulfillment of a resolution of the party’s Congress, the decision of the national council and in furtherance of the genuine desire by the people of Zimbabwe to see a broad alliance of diverse Zimbabweans coming together to contest next year’s elections as a united front.

It is for that reason that we seek to strongly rebut the Reuters falsehood.

The people of Zimbabwe are keen to express themselves in a free, fair and credible election. Any elite pact that seeks to avoid elections will be a betrayal of democracy and the legitimacy that stems from a credible electoral process in which the people freely express themselves.

Luke Tamborinyoka
Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications
Movement for Democratic Change

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MDC welcomes ruling of the Kenya Supreme Court

Supreme court of Kenya

The MDC welcomes the ruling of the Supreme Court in Kenya on Friday, September 1, 2017, which ruling set aside the results of the Presidential election that was recently held in that country.

An election should be an occasion that affords voters the right to freely and fairly choose their representatives. As long as an election is marred by gross irregularities, it undermines the will of the people and in the process, it becomes a direct attack on the concept of democracy.

We would like to applaud the judiciary in Kenya for being bold and independent enough to come up with this kind of ruling in a very high profile and politically sensitive case. Many a time, here in Zimbabwe, the people have been denied the opportunity to freely and fairly choose a government of their choice. The people of Zimbabwe will remember that the 2002 MDC Presidential election petition is still pending, more than 15 years after it was filed in the courts of law. This is a classic example of the bastardisation of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.

The ruling by the Supreme Court in Kenya is historic and ground – breaking. It gives a refreshing feeling that Africa is indeed rising. Gone are the days when the judiciary should pander to the whims and fantasies of powerful political forces; particularly those forces that are found amongst the ruling elite. Going forward, we hope and trust that the IEBC in Kenya shall be able to conduct a Presidential election re–run whose result will be credible and legitimate; absolutely free from any reasonable contestation.

As Zimbabwe approaches the harmonised elections in 2018, we call upon ZEC to fearlessly and resolutely exercise its constitutional mandate to run a free and fair election. ZEC should flex its muscles and make it unambiguously clear that it shall not tolerate or countenance any electoral malfeasance from any quarter. In that way, ZEC would be able to gain the confidence of the majority of Zimbabweans many of whom are still not entirely convinced about the independence of our electoral management body. Put differently, ZEC has to work extremely hard in order to gain the confidence and trust of the voting public.

Zimbabweans are a peace – loving people who always endeavour to peaceful ways of resolving their political conflicts. Our judiciary should take a leaf from the ruling of the Kenyan Supreme Court and appreciate that there is absolute honour and integrity in resolutely resisting improper external pressures when handling court cases; particularly those cases that are politically sensitive. A corrupt, biased and incompetent judiciary is the catalyst to a dictatorship.

The MDC would like to wish the people of Kenya a free and fair Presidential election re–run in the next two months. Voters should have confidence and trust in not only the electoral processes but also in the eventual outcome of an election. A rigged election can easily trigger political instability and socio – economic turbulence.

MDC: Equal Opportunities for All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson

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