WASHINGTON DC —
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai claims that it has uncovered massive election rigging in Gutu District, Masvingo Province, where outsiders used voting slips to cast their ballots leading to the party’s heavy election defeat in one of its strongholds.
According to MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, Mr. Tsvangirai who is currently holding meetings with local party executive members, has been told that in Gutu’s Chinyayi Village, the majority of people who cast their ballots used voting slips.
Mwonzora said Tsvangirai was also told that only two voters in Chinyayi VIllage found their names on the voters roll and managed to vote. The rest were outsiders.
He says the MDC-T leader has been told that the election was heavily militarized and there was a lot of intimidation.
“There are chilling stories that the president is receiving. One such story is that mostly about people being intimidated to vote for Zanu-PF by village heads under the instigation of the army and Central Intelligence Organization,” said Mwonzora.
Mr. Tsvangirai is on Saturday holding a series of meetings with local MDC-T leaders in Chiredzi District, Masvingo Province.
Reacting to MDC-T’s claims of massive election rigging in Gutu, Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said Mr. Tsvangirai’s party should forget about the July elections and move on.
“Let us forget about those elections because it’s now water under the bridge. We are not going back. We are going forward,” said Gumbo.