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Send In The Clowns For the Circus Of Zimbabwe

the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC) finally got around to announcing results in the presidential election heeld at the end of March. The ZEC figures give opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai 47.9% of the total which falls short of the necessary 50% to avoid a runoff. But, the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) insists their tallies, which were taken at the time of the election, indicate Tsvangirai received 50.3% of the vote. the MDC noted that both Mugabe’s representative and its representative presented on Tuesday the same number of votes for Mugabe, but, for some strange reason, ZEC chairman Chiweshe showed a figure for Mugabe that contained an additional 120,000 votes. To add an interesting twist to the situation, Tsvangirai’s vote total was reduced by the same figure which somehow wound up in the total for third party candidate Simba Makoni. If the 120,000 figure is eliminated, thenTsvangirai has 50.3 %.

During the past seven weeks, Mugabe has unleashed hundreds of thugs to intimidate, beat, and kill supporters of Tsvangirai. Farms of the few remaining white farmers have been seized by these criminals and hundreds of Zimbabweans forced off the land without any place to go. Perhaps, the most ridiculous statement to emerge from this fiasco is one issued from Mugabe’s office which states: “The presidential result as announced does not reflect the genuine expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people given the mny anomalies, m alpratices, feflation of figures relating to Zanu-PF.”

In other words, the Mugabe police and army were somehow bullied out of the way by Tsvangirai supporters who took over control of the Mugabe appointed Electoral Commision and altered voting tallies!! Send in the clowns to make this circus have a sense of reality.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Announces Results

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, announced his group rejects results of a presidential election that took place five weeks ago but took until now for the Zimbabwe Electoral Commissiion to finally get around to offering final poll results.Tsdvangirai insists his poll studies reveal he won 50,3% of the vote which was counted on the day of the election, but the Electoral Commission is claiming he won 47.9% to 43.2% for President Mugabe. The constitution says a candidate must obtain at least 50% to avoid a run off election. Tsvangirai has been out of Zimbabwe for weeks because he fears Mugabe’s thugs will kill him if he returns.

For some reason it took five weeks to count votes, and, in most probability the world will not learn what were the actual totals on the day of the election. President Mugabe has spent the past several weeks engaged in a campaign of intimidation of voters, beatings, jailings, and threats to anyone who supported Tsvangirai. It is impossible under these conditions for Tsvangirai to now participate in a “free election” in which his supporters have been told vote the “right way” or suffer punishment.

The greatest failure in this situation has been on the part of leaders of the African Union which immediately should have made their opposition to vote fraud. Instead, they have issued pious statements(some like President Mibeki have insisted Mugabe was a fair man) while the thugs of April were let loose on the Zimbabwe population.

Kenya Election A Fraud Claims Election Official!

Samuel Kivultu, chair of Keyna’s Electoral Commission admitted there was fraud in the election and that he had been pressured to declare President Kibaki the winner. “I do not know whether Kibaki won the election,” said the commissioner who insisted, “we are culprits as a commission. We have to leave it to an independent group to investigate what actually went on.” In the meantime, hundreds of people are dead as groups opposing the stolen election demonstrate in the streets. A church that burned led to the death of over thirty children whose families had taken refuge in the building to avoid angry demonstrators. Government spokesman, Alfred Mutua, said the government would not accept mediation because the results were in and President Kibaki had won re-election.

After stealing the election, President Kibaki now offers “dialogue” to his opponents. The people of Kenya want something else– an honest count of all votes. The solution does not require any discussion, it necessitates an independent group coming in which will carefully review all votes tabulated in the election in order to determine who actually won it. Kibaki, apparently, does not want such a scenario. He prefers claiming victory and then having his opponents come to him and seek his forgiveness for their violent behavior. Kibaki, like most criminals, wants to shift attention away from the crime and onto the reaction to the crime. There are reports that South African leader Desmond Tutu is on his way to Kenya in order to offer his mediation talents. The opposition does not seek mediation, they prefer honesty.