Mugabe: Accept my win or hang yourselves

The 89-year-old has mocked the opposition MDC after beating them by a landslide.

FILE: Zimbabwe's President and Zanu PF Presidential candidate Robert Mugabe speaks at a press briefing on July 30, 2013 at the State House a day ahead of the general election in Zimbabwe. Picture: AFP

HARARE - In his first official speech since being re-elected, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has told his political opponents to accept the outcome of the polls or commit suicide.

At a liberation war commemoration on Monday afternoon that was boycotted by his principle challenger Morgan Tsvangirai, the 89-year-old addressed a large crowd, dismissing his rivals as "Western-sponsored stooges".

Mugabe said if anyone was unhappy with the result, then that was "their problem." He added that his party, Zanu-PF, is "delivering democracy on a platter."

In a clear reference to Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), he said that his opponents could "go hang themselves," and, "We don't care."

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has filed a court appeal against the election results, accusing Mugabe's party of rigging.

His party, the MDC, received around 34 percent of votes in the presidential election while Mugabe won 61 percent along with more than two thirds of Parliamentary seats.

His speech was broadcast live on national radio and television from the National Heroes Acre, a burial ground for those who fought in Zimbabwe's war for independence which ended with Mugabe's ascension to the presidency in 1980.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Cabinet says Zimbabweans should be lauded for holding peaceful elections.

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting spokesperson Pumla Williams insists the comment had nothing to do with whether the election itself was free and fair and that it wasn't premature.

"[Cabinet] did not get to discuss what SADC's position is going to be, it did not discuss what's going to happen thereafter."

She said their message of congratulations was purely in light of the "harmonious" nature of the polls.