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Tsvangirai pull-out was ill-informed and untimely
Jun 26th, 2008 at 12:47pm
 

By d**e Sithole
Thu, 26 Jun 2008


INDEPENDENT House of Assembly Member of Parliament elect for Tsholotsho North constituency and former Minister of Information, Professor Jonathan Moyo said the decision by Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pull out of tomorrow’s presidential run-off election is ill informed and untimely.

Addressing the Bulawayo Press Club, Moyo said the reasons Tsvangirai cited for the withdrawal was not justified.

“Tsvangirai said the reason for his withdrawal was that the violence in Zimbabwe today is the worst since 1980 which is not true.

“We all know that about 20 000 people died during the Gukurahundi era in 1985, but elections were still held in July 1985. Morgan is saying 86 people have been killed in the violence during the build-up to the presidential run-off,” said Moyo.

Moyo said there is no legal basis for Tsvangirai to withdraw from the race and the election will go on as announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

He said Tsvangirai had not consolidated his near-win of March 29, but instead wasted time globe-trotting appealing to world leaders instead of campaigning for the second round.

On the other hand, Zanu PF regrouped and agreed to bury its differences while they concentrated on campaigning for President Mugabe in the run-off elections.

Moyo said after winning the run-off tomorrow Mugabe would form a Government of National Unity which will include opposition members and was not likely to include Tsvangirai in his cabinet.

“Tsvangirai has demonstrated that he has made many blunders, the latest being seeking refuge in the Dutch embassy.

“The Zimbabwean problem is an African problem and if he genuinely felt his life was under threat he should have sought refuge in one of the African embassies so that a brother would talk to a brother about the problem,” said Moyo.

On Wednesday the MDC-T withdraw from the presidential run off citing the current political violence.

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Zimbabwe: Our sovereignty not negotiable
Reply #1 - Jun 26th, 2008 at 3:11pm
 
The Herald --Opinion
June 26, 2008


EVENTS since Sunday have exposed the Anglo-Saxon game plan, that is regime change in Zimbabwe at all costs even if it means trashing the Constitution to get their man, Morgan Tsvangirai, into power.

This should come as a sobering thought to all who have been swayed by Western claims that London and Washington's support for Tsvangirai is in pursuit of good governance, rule of law and democracy.

We all know the Westerners' record on these values, and we would have to be monumental fools to believe their rhetoric.

It all began with Tsvangirai's announcement on Sunday that he was withdrawing from the run-off, a position legal experts – even those close to him – have since dismissed as untenable and unconstitutional.

This move was meant to set the stage for the extra-judicial attempts to anoint Tsvangirai president of Zimbabwe.

We saw this manifest in attempts by Britain and the US to effect a coup through the Security Council which they wanted to declare Tsvangirai the "legitimate president of Zimbabwe" yet we have a binding Constitution detailing how the presidency is elected.

When that move was shot down by progressives, came Tsvangirai's call for a military invasion of Zimbabwe, which was immediately echoed by Washington, which threatened unspecified action, should the run-off proceed.

Tsvangirai, yesterday, wrote an opinion piece in the British newspaper, The Guardian, calling for the deployment of a foreign military force that he said should oversee "transition".

We could not help but remember reading similar language in a document titled, "The Transition Strategy", that exposed how Tsvangirai approached the British government grovelling for a military offensive.

Though MDC-T leaders disowned the document, which set conditions for a virtual return to Rhodesia, their utterances and actions have since confirmed our worst fears.

As we report elsewhere in this issue, the Anglo-Saxon alliance has emerged as the real power behind Tsvangirai and his MDC-T as they are threatening military action and further sanctions if the run-off is not cancelled.

We find it odd, though hardly surprising, that at every stage of this campaign and even the previous one, Tsvangirai's statements and positions have always dovetailed with those from London and Washington.

If anyone had any doubt as to the identity of the forces confronting us today, those doubts should be dispelled by the voices around Tsvangirai today.

As Zimbabweans we will never bow down to threats from, and accept to be lectured by the evil regimes in London and Washington.

We won our right to self-determination 28 years ago, after a bitter 14-year struggle against the Smith regime that had the tacit support of London and Washington.

What is more, over the past eight years we have withstood concerted attempts at economic strangulation, again largely on our own.

As such, we cannot begin now to take instructions from anyone, let alone our avowed enemies.

Our independence and sovereignty are not negotiable, never to be sacrificed for political expediency.
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