Western criticism of Zimbabwe’s disputed presidential run-off election have been rejected by a spokesman for president Robert Mugabe (photo).
In Egypt, during an African Union summit, George Charamba said the West had no basis to speak about the situation, and can “go hang a thousand times”.
Zanu-PF’s Robert Mugabe said he had won the vote, boycotted by the opposition.
The country’s “sham election” last week “totally and completely exterminated any prospect of a negotiated settlement”, said Tendai Biti, the Movement for Democratic Change’s secretary-general who faces treason charges in Zimbabwe.
He denied that an agreement was in the offing and even that any negotiations were going on between the two parties.
“There are recent widespread reports that Zanu-PF and MDC are talking and are about to conclude an agreement to form a government of national unity”, said Mr Biti.
“Nothing could be as malicious and as further from the truth.”
Wester leaders widely criticised the run-off, saying it was not free or fair.
Morgan Tsvangirai, opposition leader, earlier left the Dutch embassy in Harare. He had taken refuge there after pulling out of Friday’s vote, because of the violence.
Dutch foreign ministry official said that Mr Tsvangirai (photo, from lepoint.fr) had that the situation was calm en ough to return home.
The MDC says Mr Tsvangirai won the presidential election in March, but government officials said he did not secure enough votes to avoid a run-off.
“Kenya is Kenya. Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe”, said Mr Charamba, briefing reporters on the of the Sharm el-Sheikh summit, when he was asked if Zimbabwe should follow Kenya and create a government of national unity.
“We have our own history of evolving dialogue and resolving political impasses the Zimbabwean way. The Zimbabwean way, not the Kenyan way. Not at all.”
Later on Tuesday, Robert Mugabe is expected to address the AU summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Pressure grew on African leaders attending the summit to take a strong stand against Zbabwe’s president.
Ernest Koroma, Sierra Leonean president, told the BBC that he strongly condemned Zimbabwe’s flawed electoral process.
“We believe the people of Zimbabwe have been denied their democratic rights”, he said.
Then he expressed support for a South African initiative that would encourage the formatiosn of a transitional government of national unity.
“We would urge the South African group to ensure they engage both parties to form a transitional government that prepares Zimbabwe for fresh elections.”
The AU has been urged by Raila Odinga, Kenyan prime minister, to suspeng Mr Mugabe, until he allowed free and fair elections.
Robert Mugabe should be accepted as the country’s elected president, said Omar Bongo (photo, from dailylife.com), Gabon president and Africa’s longest serving leader.
An interim national unity government, that could pave the way for new elections, has been suggested by Botswana’s Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani.
“We think there should be a way forward where both Mugabe and Tsvangirai will be brought together so that they can talk and hopefully form a government of national unity which will be understood to be interim and to prepare for elections”, he said.
A draft Security Council resolution, calling for sanctions on Zimbabwe has been outlined by the US, and Italy has recalled its ambassador to the country, for consultations.
Meanwhile, on Monday, an elderly farmed, his wife and their son-i-law, were found alive but badly beaten in Zimbabwe.
Mob of Zanu-PF supporters
On Sunday, a heavily armed mob kidnapped Mike Campbell, 75, his wife Angela, 66 and Ben Freeth had been kidnapped at gunpoint, from their Harare farm.
When they were found, Mr Campbell had concussion and a broken collar-bone, one of his wife’s arms was broken in two places, and Mr Freeth had been beaten on the soles of his feet.
Mrs Campbell said that just as Mr Mugabe was being re-inaugurated as Zimbabwe’s president, a mob of Zanu-PF supporters had attacked her with sticks.
“One of them grabbed my arm and flung me to the ground, hence I have a rather serious break in my upper arm”, she said.
“They dragged me by my hair to where my husband was lying and they trussed us up with ropes lying on the gravel.”
The Campbells had been forced to sign a document withdrawing an appeal against the seizure of his farm, said friend of the family.
Calls for sanctions over pre-election violence had earlier been dismissed by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the UN.
A “non-issue” is what Boniface Chidyausiku dubbed US-led calls for fresh UN measures against Zimbabwe.
When Asked about sanctions, Mr Chidyausiku told AP news agency: “I’m not even bothered, I wouldn’t lose sleep over it… We are not a threat to international peace and security.”