PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday warned MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai that he faces arrest if he announces election results before their release by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec).Mr Tsvangirai told his supporters at a rally in Domboshava on Friday that his party would collate all results posted outside polling stations and announce them.
In terms of the Electoral Act, only Zec has the mandate to announce election results.
Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at the party’s last star rally at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, President Mugabe said Mr Tsvangirai’s remarks were “shocking”.
“What kind of madness is that? I have never heard such a statement coming from a Prime Minister, even in the whole of Africa. Who gave you that right Tsvangirai when we have an electoral body that is mandated to do that?
“I can warn you in advance that if you break the law, you will be arrested. He who breaks the law will be arrested. We will arrest you Tsvangirai,” he said.
President Mugabe described Mr Tsvangirai as a cry baby who is scared of losing the election.
“He is a cry baby of all the parties,” he said.
Poll surveys have predicted Mr Tsvangirai and his party will lose Wednesday’s polls. And the MDC-T leader has lately been challenging the readiness of Zec to hold election and the positive assessment by election observers of the political climate in the country.
Last week, he accused Zec and the African Union of conniving with President Mugabe to rig the 31 July poll.
President Mugabe dismissed Mr Tsvangirai’s rigging claims saying he has never stolen an election since he assumed leadership of Zimbabwe at independence in 1980.
He said Mr Tsvangirai was merely crying foul because it has become increasingly evident that he would lose the elections.
Mr Tsvangirai said he would collate and announce the election results to deny Zec the opportunity to rig the poll but observers have said this was intended to foment unrest in the country to attract foreign intervention.