Election deadlock

Talks with Zanu (PF) to solve the election roadmap are "deadlocked", according to the MDC.

A SADC facilitation team has arrived with the intention of breaking the deadlock that is related to three key issues: state-sponsored violence, security sector reforms, staffing of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and militarisation of rural areas.

Political analysts are warning that if the forthcoming SADC summit in Luanda mid-August fails to take stern action to stall an election this year, then nothing would stop Mugabe ‘winning’ a seventh term as the president of Zimbabwe.

An inner Zanu (PF) Cabinet, called the Politburo, last week firmly rejected a plan, backed by SADC, for the Zimbabwean government to postpone elections to next year to allow time for more political reforms. Zanu (PF) insists elections will be held this year, a move that analysts have warned will risk plunging the country into anarchy.

Limiting disaster

Zanu (PF) has rejected the timeline for a fresh poll plan. Hopes of limiting the scale of the disaster now rest with SADC leaders and President Zuma, who has been trying to persuade Mugabe to agree to an election roadmap that paves the way for a free and fair election

Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo has insinuated that the MDC-T is scared of elections and that the GNU expired in February.

"For the record," said MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, “The MDC is ready for elections anytime, anywhere. Unlike the unpopular Zanu (PF), the MDC, the people of Zimbabwe, SADC and the AU agree that there should be a clear roadmap to the holding of free, fair and uncontested elections."

He spoke as war veterans demanded the dismissal of ZEC chairman Simpson Mutambanengwe. According to State TV, Mutambanengwe reportedly told a conference in Barcelona last week that veterans of the 70s liberation struggle who back President Mugabe's Zanu were using violence to purge rural areas. He has denied ever making those statements.

“ZBC reported that I went to Barcelona to report on Zimbabwe’s preparedness to hold elections which is a lie because I did not even appear on the agenda by name,” he said.

Security reforms

Mwonzora added that the MDC was adamant that security sector reforms were necessary.

"Because of the pronouncements that have previously been made by the so-called securocrats, the heads of the security forces must issue a statement in which they unequivocally uphold the Constitution of the country and declare unconditional respect for the winner of the coming election."

Zanu (PF) says this is not an election issue and has flatly refused to countenance the demand. The MDC also wants the CIO regulated by an Act of Parliament.

"The state security agents in the form of the CIO must be governed by a statute agreed to by all the parties. This statute must govern the operations of the CIO," Mwonzora said.

The MDC further said it demanded that there be SADC and African monitors six months before and six months after the election.

Mwonzora concluded by saying the holding of elections in Zimbabwe had to be determined by the pace and process of fully implementing the provisions of the GPA, which led to the formation of the inclusive government in 2008.

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