ANC says no to elections

muzorewa1HARARE - One of Zimbabwes oldest political parties, the African National Congress (ANC), has called for full implementation of the global political agreement before a new vote can be called. (Pictured: Late Bishop Abel Muzorewa)

The ANC was founded by the late Bishop Abel Muzorewa and was once know as the UANC. In a statement ANC President Nesbet Mtengezanwa said new elections before democratic reforms have been implemented and given time to take root could only lead to more political violence and loss of life.

While there are several political parties in the country’s political arena the race for dominance has always pitied President Robert Mugabe of Zanu (PF) against bitter rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai of the bigger MDC. The two protagonists were last year forced to form a coalition government after a 2008 presidential election failed to produce a winner according to the country’s constitution.

However unity government has failed to implement political reforms as the former foes haggle of how to share power. Both Zanu (PF and the MDC-T have been calling for elections next year. However Mtengezanwa feels that the time is not ripe for another plebiscite. “As the ANC we are of the view that next year’s election should be postponed to enable outstanding issues to be addressed.”

The three major political parties in the country have failed to reach agreement on the appointment of Deputy Agriculture Minister designate Roy Bennett, and the unilateral appointment of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana.

There has also been a failure to carry out institutional reforms and to implement a meaningful national healing programme living many ordinary Zimbabwean uncertain of the next polls. “It is our conviction that the elections would result in further loss of life and strengthening of the incumbent,” said Mtengezanwa.

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