Mugabe ridicules Tsvangirai’s call for fresh polls

Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly ridiculed former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s call for an early return to polls, labelling the demand a "joke".

According the Daily News, Tsvangirai wrote a "damning" letter to the SADC Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security detailing the country's economic hardships and also stating that Mugabe was an "illegitimate leader".

The letter was handed to regional leaders during a two-day SADC summit held in Victoria Falls last weekend.

Zimbabwe held its harmonised elections on 31 July 2013, the outcome of which saw an overwhelming victory for Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, however dismissed the election as a "farce".

Tsvangirai demanded fresh elections, claiming that last year's polls were rigged by Mugabe.

But Mugabe's spokesperson George Charamba rubbished Tsvangirai's letter as a "joke".

The summit saw Mugabe, 90, assuming the role of SADC chair after he was elected vice chair in August last year. He took over from Malawi's president Peter Mutharika.

Kennedy Bunga 2014/08/21 12:21:19 PM
Tsvangirai is dreaming
Roy Bennet Mmboyi 2014/08/21 12:33:21 PM
dont waste your time tsvangiraii...mugabe is not presdent,,"is a king...nd he joking..
Willem Proost 2014/08/21 12:53:02 PM
Like the pot calling the kettle black ,neither of them have any morals POOR Zimbabwe
Lynn O'Shea Comley-White 2014/08/21 12:54:42 PM
Mugabe is the joke here. The whole world thinks so!
Siener Sien 2014/08/21 12:56:54 PM
good luck Zim - that's what you get with a dictator ship. He's living the luxury life and he's country Is starving and in poverty, with the infrastructure that's none existent. I sometimes wonder what it is that makes Zuma and Juju even going there but then again it all makes sense - the apple does not fell far from the tree.
Wally Masungwini 2014/08/21 12:59:53 PM
tsvangirai is an absolute joke, he duznt even possess 10% of da great Mugabe's intelligence let alone da quality of a leader mugabe is..........he takes SADC 4granted
Jake Dikobo 2014/08/21 01:11:44 PM
Former Prime Minister had lodged a Court Bid to challenge election results, but withdrew the Court Challenge before the matter could be heard. Or did I miss something?
France Ntuli 2014/08/21 01:29:36 PM
I reckon congratulations are in order for the appointment of Robert Mugabe as the chair of SADC. The honourable Mugabe has struck me as a statesman who calls a spade a spade and not an implement. He does not sugarcoat.
Shaun O'Meara 2014/08/21 01:30:37 PM
Nobody will invest in Zim till this rubbish and his party of criminals are removed. Then we need to look at our own very clever Malema. Same mentality same racist. Why does the international criminal courts not step in for violation of human rights. No oil no hope. However they are two peas in a pod to show the world how Africa is going to look if it is left to its own devices. Totally screwed.
Mthokozisi Sihiya 2014/08/21 01:39:40 PM
Mugabe is a true African Leader and Morgan is a joke he must go to England.