By Chinedu Offor
In Zimbabwe, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change has declared victory in Saturday’s presidential elections. But the ruling ZANU-PF party says the MDC's claim is "wishful thinking," and the state-run Herald newspaper has predicted a run-off between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
To put the latest developments in perspective, VOA English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor spoke with Eddy Cross, the newly elected MP for Bulawayo South, under the Tsvangirai faction.
He says the MDC declaration of victory has been well received. “I would imagine the announcement would be greeted with joy and jubilation throughout the country. We’ve been waiting for waiting for this moment for a long time. But I understand at the same time that the official results [are] not going to come out until Sunday or Monday, so I’m going now for a meeting with party officials in Harare to see what is happening.
” Cross says while some in the party may be considering a run-off, top officials believe the party has won the majority of votes to form the next government. “We did win outright; there is no doubt about it. The provisional result gave us 58 percent of the votes, gave Mugabe 27 and Makoni 15 and they have been trying desperately since Sunday to modify this results to suit their aims.
” Cross says President Mugabe no longer has the power to force the opposition not to announce the results it collated in various polling stations. “We know the kind of games ZANU-PF has played on the past.The are trying desperately to rig this election and we are not just going to allow it to happen. The people are standing by as we watch and am sure they will come into the streets in huge numbers and I think ZANU-PF and the security forces know that.”