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MDC Describes Proof of Vote Rigging But No Details

  • Thomas Chiripasi

Zimbabweans wait in line to cast their votes in Mbare township outside Harare, July 31, 2013.

Zimbabweans wait in line to cast their votes in Mbare township outside Harare, July 31, 2013.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai claims it has new evidence that details how an Israeli company called Nikuv allegedly rigged the July 31st national elections, in coordination with Zanu-PF.

Douglas Mwonzora, MDC-T spokesperson, told Studio 7 on Wednesday following a meeting of the Standing Committee, the MDC’s top leadership, that his party can now prove that unnamed Nikuv officials met with senior army officials discussing how to rig the vote.

The proof, said Mr. Mwonzora, is minutes from a meeting held by top army officers at Manyame Airbase prior to the elections. The minutes allegedly describe how the election would be manipulated to ensure a Zanu-PF victory.

Mwonzora said his party will have completed a dossier—including the new evidence—by Friday, and will present the findings to the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union and the international community.

SADC-appointed mediator on Zimbabwean political dialogue, South African President Jacob Zuma, who ended his role following the July 31st elections, advised the MDC-T to present any evidence supportings its claims that the election was rigged.

Mwonzora said although he doubts that the presentation of the evidence will result in changes to Zimbabwe’s current government, the MDC-T wants the people of Zimbabwe and the international community to know “how the will of people was subverted by Zanu-PF on July 31st.”

If this new evidence proves to be genuine and confirms collusion between Nikuv or others and Zanu-PF, it would be the first substantive support for the MDC’s court cases concerning the recent elections.

Other claims were largely dismissed when the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it would not release the voters roll to the MDC-T, which was supported by a high court ruling that the electoral body was not required to release the voters roll to the MDC-T.

For its part, Zanu-PF has maintained that the elections were free, fair, credible and legitimate.
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