Point of no return: Matutu

The MDC will not be force-marched into elections by Zanu (PF) before the completion of key reforms, a senior party official said at the weekend.

Addressing about 500 party supporters at Rutenga Grounds on Saturday, MDC provincial secretary, Tongai Matutu, who is also the Deputy Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, said the party had reached a point of no return.

“We have now reached a point of no return and we will not be forced into an election by Zanu (PF) before the completion of the necessary processes. The constitution writing process needs to be tied up first, then we will go to the referendum and after that we will look at the delimitation exercise. This time around there should be no compromise. Let me stress the fact that we should not be dragged to the polls before the necessary reforms,” said Matutu.

He urged people to allow the democratic process to run its course.

“Let us be patient with the democratic process and make sure that the voters’ role is in order before going to the polls. Although the inclusive government is a frustrating set up, it has given us the opportunity to be policy makers. The GNU also gave us the chance to get accustomed to government systems and operations.

We must make sure there is no violence in the country ahead of the plebiscite. We know there are people who are threatening villagers here and let me warn them that they will face prosecution for orchestrating violence. Zanu (PF) is trying to demonise Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai but we will continue to rally behind him,” he said.

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