PoliticsElectionsMugabe threatens Tsvangirai with arrest as election irregularities come to light


Posted on Monday, 29 July 2013 10:29

Mugabe threatens Tsvangirai with arrest as election irregularities come to light

By Janet Shoko

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, says he will not hesitate to arrest Tsvangirai, if the premier dared announce the election results/Photo©ReutersZimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai faces arrest, two days before a crucial vote, over threats to independently announce elections results.


On Sunday, President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980 and seeking a sixth term in office, told his supporters that he will not hesitate to arrest the premier, if he dared announce the results.

In terms of the Electoral Act, only the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is mandated to announce the results.

"What kind of madness is that? I have never heard such a statement coming from a Prime Minister, even in the whole of Africa," Mugabe said.

"Who gave you that right Tsvangirai, when we have an electoral body that is mandated to do that?

"I can warn you in advance that if you break the law, you will be arrested. He who breaks the law will be arrested. We will arrest you Tsvangirai," he said.

In 2008, MDC-T secretary general and now Finance minister Tendai Biti was arrested and charged with treason for announcing the results of the 2008 elections before the state electoral agency had released its own tallies.

The charges were later thrown out by the courts.

Mugabe's warning came a few hours after police arrested Tsvangirai's aide, Morgan Komichi after he reported an irregularity in early voting.

Komichi, who is Deputy Transport minister, was nabbed around 6am after he alerted ZEC that early voting ballot papers marked for Tsvangirai had been found in a dustbin after security forces voted two weeks ago.

Komichi presented to ZEC an envelope with the ballot paper.

Police say Komichi alleged that the envelope had been handed over to him by a person whose name he could not disclose and is now treated as "the prime suspect".

Meanwhile, political parties are on Monday rounding off their campaigns, with Tsvangirai set to have a "Cross Over" rally in Harare.

Independent presidential aspirant, Kisinoti Mukwazhe has pulled out of the race is and is now supporting Mugabe.


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