Mugabe rivals sceptical


President Robert Mugabe’s rivals have reacted with scepticism to his claims that he will accept defeat if he lost in yesterday’s election.

Nduduzo Tshuma

MDC leader Welshman Ncube said he did not believe Mugabe was being sincere when he said he would step down if defeated.

“I am sceptical, but I would like to believe him and I hope he means it.

“I hope that every supporter of every party will accept the verdict of the people,” he told journalists after casting his vote at Stanley Hall in Makokoba.

“Yes, we have had issues. Yes, we have had problems in the processes leading to now, but we are here.” Mugabe told journalists at a Press conference at State House in Harare on Tuesday that, should he lose, he would leave politics and concentrate on storytelling and writing.

MDC-T national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa on the other hand, said Mugabe should be congratulated for “accepting defeat in advance”.

“Mugabe must be congratulated for accepting defeat in advance since he said yesterday (Tuesday) if he loses he would concede and go,” he said.

“We can start counting (our eggs) because we know the capacity of our chickens. Mugabe has already stepped down by merely showing the intent to do so.”

MDC-T has accused Mugabe of clinging onto power despite losing the 2008 election.

Despite indicating that he would step down, Mugabe declined to comment on whether he would still be in the running at the next polls five years from now, when he would be 94.