By Farai D Hove | The CCC won two thirds of parliamentary seats, the party president,Nelson Chamisa rehashed in a speech replayed on Friday morning.
As Emmerson Mnangagwa was speaking at the UN General Assembly, Chamisa was making his own alternative speech while addressing his followers in Mash Central.
His statements come at a time when it was revealed that Mnangagwa clearly and openly deployed so called troublemakers to distort election figures.
CCC won 2 thirds majority in Parliament, before they twisted the figures, Nelson Chamisa reveals.
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Emmerson Mnangagwa rushed to the UN General Assembly worried that Nelson Chamisa would get there ahead of him, the CCC President reveals. pic.twitter.com/aKJAaufYut
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Citizens operated a platform that provided accurate reporting of election figures using satellite transmission gadgets planted on top of over 75 mountains.
On 19 Aug, the Ministry of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services’ Permanent Secretary, Ndavaningi “Nick” Mangwana, characterised the opposition’s call for citizens to “defend the vote” as a potential threat to peace.
A deeper examination of recent developments exposed Mangwana’s assertions. Government ruling party Spokesman Christopher Mutsvangwa had since December 2017 publicly and repeatedly announced that the government plans to deploy not only troublemakers but soldiers to alter the election results (click to watch video). This announcement directly contradicted Mangwana’s claim that the “defend the vote” initiative poses the greatest threat to peace.
Between December 15, 2017, and August 5, 2023, the government has repeatedly announced and executed the deployment of soldiers and troublemakers to change election results. This began with Mutsvangwa’s statement before foreign diplomats in Harare on 15 December 2017 as he vividly outlined the deployment of soldiers for this purpose, a plan now being resurrected for the upcoming 2023 polls. “… That election we shall win on a margin bigger than the one we did in 1980… We shall work hard with the ZDF, the best army in the world, ” said ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa, clearly announcing before foreign diplomats in Harare the deployment of soldiers to change election results which operation was witnessed on 1st August 2018 and has now been rehashed for the 2023 polls. After soldiers had executed their first operation on 1 August 2018, the following day, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga shifted the blame to accuse Nelson Chamisa’s party, as he said the people who fired bullets on the innocent civilians were Chamisa’s hooligans, and when pressed with questions, he shifted to say that the bullets were produced by teargas canisters. After the Motlanthe led Commission was convened to investigate the criminals behind the electoral violence, and legislator and Chamisa deputy, Tendai Biti was forcibly deported from Zambia with the help of former president Edgar Lungu, while blaming Biti to be the violence perpetrator, 7 months later, ZANU PF President, Emmerson Mnangagwa himself would announce to parliament that he is the one who deployed the soldiers.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is since March 2018 controlled by the military and Zimbabwe National Army Major Utloile Silaigwana is ZEC’s Chief Elections Officer. ZEC’s Head of Security, Mavis Matsanga is a serving Central Intelligence Organisation Director and she reports straight to CIO Director General Isaac Moyo.
Beyond the militarization, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is at a majority span manned by children of top ZANU PF leaders with at least 5 of the 9 commissioners being kids of ZANU PF politburo and central committee members of the incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa’s headship (see video of undercover discussion with ZEC’s chairperson Priscilla Chigumba.)
Aside this development, are even more sophisticated operations run on behalf of the government by celebrated journalist Hopewell Chin’ono (and George-Charamba-contender for the ministry job) who for a period of over 6 years has been using his award-winning-anti-corruption badge to discredit Nelson Chamisa and the entire civil society as people who have been bribed by western embassies, claims with which he leaked addresses of safe houses for torture victims to Constantino Chiwenga and as late as 6 July 2023 would falsely suggest that the entire civil society has been bribed (click here for the 17 min video compilation.) So effective has this method been that Charamba fearing for his job, ended up revealing to the public how Chin’ono leaked the addresses to the government in order to expose Chinono among his support base in the opposition (video).