MDC Media Release

HARARE - The MDC rejects the presidential figures that were announced yesterday by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and we would like to reiterate that President Morgan Tsvangirai won this election with a clear majority.

Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF should concede defeat following their defeat in the 29 March 2008 elections.
We call upon SADC to assist in the verification of the results as we feel that ZEC is in violation of the SADC resolutions.

We are convinced that the runoff is unnecessary considering the clear mandate that the people of Zimbabwe showed when they voted for change, dignity and jobs.The MDC wishes to reiterate that this election was clearly won by the MDC and President Tsvangirai. It is for that reason that in the unlikely event of a runoff the MDC will once again romp to victory by even a bigger margin.

Zanu PF cannot and shall not win an election in Zimbabwe. In fact Zanu PF is now history and permanently confined to opposition quarters of our country.

Elected officials

The MDC notes with concern the deliberate delays by Zanu PF to stop elected officials being sworn in to execute their duties.owever, the MDC national executive has resolved that all MDC elected members should start work by executing their duties of serving the people of Zimbabwe.he councilors should start their duties forthwith.

Political Violence

We have noted with concern the escalation of cases of violence, continued militarization and vigilantation of our society, the reluctance by Zanu PF to stop the use of brutal force on innocent Zimbabweans and the reluctance by the police to arrest the perpetrators.

To date 20 MDC supporters have been killed by the Zanu PF militia while over 5 000 families have been displaced with over a 1 000 homes either burnt or destroyed.

More than 2 000 MDC supporters have also been hospitalized across the country and there is continued arrests and intimidation of our supporters across the country.

The intimidation on the people of Zimbabwe has also been intensified with Zanu PF setting up bases in rural and farming areas in order to torture the people of Zimbabwe.

However, the MDC commits itself to rebuilding all the houses of the victims who lost their homes. We wish to restore all destroyed property hence the party is currently compiling data in
all provinces for those who have been affected by this violence in the hands of Zanu PF.

In order to end this violence we urge;
1.For the immediate withdrawal of the military from the villages
2The disbanding of the Zanu PF youth militia
3Zanu PF must stop its violence and murder
4.The Zimbabwe Republic Police officers should exercise their duties in a professional and non-partisan manner.  – mdc

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