Reports that Tsvangirai wants early election are ‘hogwash’ says spokesman

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has dismissed claims that South African President Jacob Zuma had to intervene and stop the MDC-T president from calling for an early election, with or without a new constitution.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

Speaking to SW Radio Africa on Friday Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said: “I can tell you that is hogwash. It is a figment of the imagination of whoever wrote that story.”

Tamborinyoka added: “Tsvangirai was robbed of an outright victory in 2008. It is him and him alone, more than anyone in Zimbabwe and in SADC, who knows the importance of putting in place mechanisms and key reforms to vaccinate the next election against the vagaries of what happened in 2008.”

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, a grouping of state security agencies in the army, air force, police, and Central Intelligence Organisation, supervised a murderous retribution campaign, which forced Tsvangirai to boycott the run-off.

“The PM has never been an advocate for either an early or a late election. He has always been an advocate for a free and fair election with proper conditions. It is the PM himself who has always been insistent about making sure that we institute and implement key reforms that are necessary,” Tamborinyoka said.

A news report said that Zuma called Tsvangirai after hearing that he was lobbying the standing committee of his party to push for early elections. The report said Zuma had warned Tsvangirai that “SADC would give him a deaf ear if he complained over the outcome of polls held without the agreed reforms.”

Tamborinyoka told SW Radio Africa that no such phone call took place.

“On Friday, before the meeting of the standing committee took place on Monday, the Prime Minister wrote to the President and if you are aware of the contents of that letter he was talking about implementing key reforms.” Tamborinyoka questioned how the PM could then make a u-turn three days later.

Asked why such a story surfaced Tamborinyoka said: “All I can say Lance is that Tsvangirai sells and sometimes people resort to speculation and imagination. But I can tell you that phone call never took place and the PM does not need convincing from anyone because he was personally robbed.” SW Radio Africa

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