Wade sends special envoy to Zim


HARARE - An exasperated Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, earlier snubbed by Robert Mugabe, sent a special envoy to the octogenarian leader Thursday to lobby for the release of presidential election results.

Mugabe reassured President Wade that he will accept the results of the second round without any hesitation and invited the opposition to pledge the same, Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio told reporters.

For Mugabe, the opposition and its supporters must not only accept the results proclaimed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, they must also enter into the second round in good faith and with the firm desire to accept the verdict of the people delivered in an election that is transparent, free and democratic, without the possibility of dispute.

Pressure also mounted on the Mugabe regime to release the results. The US State department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said there had been “an absolutely unconscionable and inexplicable delay in the process of releasing votes.”

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said the presidential election will be forced into a second round, even though no official results have been released from the March 29 poll.

Casey said he believed it would be “almost be impossible to hold” a fair run-off election “given the current campaign of state-orchestrated violence and intimidation” against the MDC.

Tsvangirai has rejected going into a runoff, insisting that he won outright with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Based on results from individual polling stations, the MDC has come up with a result which we feel is credible, Tsvangirai, who is currently based in SA, told news channel France 24. That result gives us a decisive victory so there’s no need for a run-off. ”

Gadio said Mugabe had insisted that the opposition and its supporters must not only accept the results proclaimed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, they must also enter into the second round in good faith and with the firm desire to accept the verdict of the people delivered in an election that is transparent, free and democratic, without the possibility of dispute.

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