The Chairperson of the ZimbabweÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Exiles Forum, Gabriel Shumba, said it was disheartening that SADC andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨AU observers turned a blind eye to the irregularities thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¨characterised the elections. Although Tsvangirai has hinted that he would vigorously lobby the SADCÃ¢â‚¬Â¨and AU to reverse the election outcome, analysts say his efforts areÃ¢â‚¬Â¨unlikely to bear fruit.
“The elections were a huge facade and an attempt toÃ¢â‚¬Â¨hoodwink not only the international community, but the people ofÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Zimbabwe. African institutions that expectedly sanitised this fraudÃ¢â‚¬Â¨should be ashamed.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨It’s tragic that SADC and AU set themselves principles and standardsÃ¢â‚¬Â¨that they are ready to abandon for political expedience andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨appeasement of President Mugabe,” said Shumba.
In March, the MDC-T Treasurer for the United Kingdom, TaurayiÃ¢â‚¬Â¨Chamboko, told The Zimbabwean that exiled Zimbabweans were still afraidÃ¢â‚¬Â¨of the political environment in the country.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Shumba dismissed claims that the Zimbabwean election was non-violent.
“It’s a lie that there was no violence. Although it was not Ã¢â‚¬Â¨overt, it was covert in the form of threats of death and assistedÃ¢â‚¬Â¨voters. There was huge disenfranchisement, including that of over fourÃ¢â‚¬Â¨million externally displaced,” said Shumba.
He said that a re-run of the election was necessary to avoid anotherÃ¢â‚¬Â¨crisis.
“ZEF demands a re-run. Any other arrangement becomes another stagnatingÃ¢â‚¬Â¨GNU or worse, if Zanu (PF) goes it alone, the consequencesÃ¢â‚¬Â¨will be felt by ordinary Zimbabweans,” said Shumba.Post published in: News