Goche conceded Mugabe lost 2008 election

Former Security Minister and ZANU PF MP Nicholas Goche conceded that Mugabe lost elections in 2008 and that senior ZANU PF officials were reaching out to Tsvangirai to be accommodated in a new government. The stunning revelations are contained in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s new book ‘At the Deep End’.

Nicholas Goche
Nicholas Goche

In the book Tsvangirai claims that Goche called up MDC-T chief negotiator Elton Mangoma and wanted to negotiate transitional mechanisms, that would also involve Tsvangirai accommodating ZANU PF MP’s who had won parliamentary elections.

ZANU PF has reacted to Tsvangirai’s book by using the state media to pick out sections of it that would suit their agenda. They accused him of trying to take power by force and called him an opportunist, among other things. Over the weekend Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka reminded the state media of the bigger story.

“The big news here is that if the Minister of State Security conceded to defeat, as alleged, there is no doubt therefore that ZANU PF and its candidate were defeated outright and the run-off was contrived.”

In March 2008 Tsvangirai and his MDC-T party won the harmonized parliamentary and presidential elections. But results for the presidential poll were withheld for weeks by an electoral commission packed with Mugabe sympathizers.

In the end it’s alleged that doctored results were released and a run-off election called. The Joint Operations Command (JOC), a grouping of state security agencies in the army, air force, police, and Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), supervised a murderous retribution campaign which forced Tsvangirai to boycott the run-off election.

Meanwhile reports over the weekend said Tsvangirai was on Saturday forced to abandon an MDC-T rally in the Nesigwe area of Nkayi in Matabeleland North. Despite a High Court order overturning a police ban of the rally, police ordered the crowd to disperse while Tsvangirai was addressing it.

A truck load of police officers descended on the venue and demanded that the crowd disperse. This was despite the fact that a similar campaign meeting by ZANU PF’s Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Minister, Sithembiso Nyoni, was allowed to proceed.

A furious Tsvangirai tried to reason with the police but to no avail. “I have a message for the police. Does Mugabe apply to hold meetings such as these? I hold the same executive powers as Mugabe. I deserve the same respect as Mugabe. Mugabe is too old and he must step down,” Tsvangirai said.

Former Nkayi South MP Abedinico Bhebhe, who lost his seat after being sacked by the smaller MDC under Welshman Ncube, is now the MDC-T deputy organising secretary. He warned that they will deal with police officers who were working against the wishes of the people, once they are in power.

“The MDC, starting from today, will be writing names of the police officers who are working against the wishes of the people. Once the MDC goes into government we will retire such officers,” he said. – SW Radio Africa News

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