MDC-T Bulawayo chairperson Gorden Moyo has appealed to party supporters to remain calm, claiming the leadership was seeking solutions to the “stolen polls”.
Report by Njabulo Ncube
The MDC-T swept the entire Bulawayo province although results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had Zanu PF registering a landslide in polls marred by allegations of massive rigging and voters’ roll manipulation.
In an interview with Southern Eye wake of allegations of massive rigging of the crucial polls — allegedly in cohorts with an Israel consultant — Moyo urged party supporters in Bulawayo not to celebrate, claiming President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF had stolen the election in desperate attempt to gain legitimacy.
“I would like to thank the people of Bulawayo for voting for the MDC-T, for voting for change. The voting pattern in Bulawayo is a replica of the voting trends countrywide, but Mugabe has deliberately stolen the election,” he said.
“Zanu PF rigged the election including in Bulawayo, but we overpowered them here because we were very vigilant.
“I appeal for calm as the leadership finds ways of dealing with the latest crisis.”
Moyo described the countrywide election drubbing as massive fraud, saying they had evidence of rigging even in Bulawayo.
“More than 85 000 of our people were turned away for no apparent reason. We are working on a consolidated report to prove that the election was rigged.
“Soldiers and policemen voted twice.”
The MDC-T claimed more than one million people were disenfranchised. Moyo, the outgoing State Enterprises minister accused State bodies, such as Zupco and the Zimbabwe Minerals Development Corporation, of complicity in the election rigging.
“Zupco was used to ferry soldiers to vote in and around the country.
“This is abuse of State resources,” he alleged.
“The boards of these parastatals should be fired.”