By Professor Matodzi
Harare, August 2, 2013 – President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party on Friday claimed to have won the election by a two thirds majority and is now preparing for the octogenarian leader’s inauguration even before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had announced the official result.
Patrick Chinamasa, the party’s Deputy Secretary for Legal Affairs and Minister of Justice told a media briefing held at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare Friday that his party is romping to a landslide victory.
“The people have spoken. Now that the people have given us a two thirds majority…..We all know the results, it’s a violation of the law if you announce but we all know the result,” said Chinamasa.
“The counting was done at the polling stations nearly 10 000 and results were pinned outside and we have counted and we know how far we have gone. What we are waiting for is just the excitement of hearing it being announced on TV.”
Chinamasa said Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who had already dismissed the elections as a “farce” should seek recourse from the courts if he has any grievances.
“If there is anybody, a presidential candidate, a parliamentary candidate dissatisfied with what happened the courts are there. My plea to Mr Tsvangirai is that he must seek recourse from the courts,” said Chinamasa.
Meanwhile, Chinamasa said controversial Zimbabwean diamonds are being sold through the underground market because of the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
“Once we are able to trade with any country like anyone else we hope we will revert to the public auction system,” said Chinamasa.
He also promised that the new Zanu PF government will have a relook at the country’s new constitution, which is regarded as one of the greatest accomplishment of the coalition government of President Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
By late Friday, Zanu PF had bagged 140 parliamentary seats out of those that had been announced, thereby securing a majority in parliament.