Tsvangirai threatens to boycott poll

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has repeated his threats to boycott any election unilaterally called by President Robert Mugabe under the current disputed conditions.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

The MDC-T leader, winner of Zimbabwe’s last credible poll in March 2008, said this Friday while addressing journalists during his now routine Prime Minister’s Monthly Media Briefings.

“I will not agree to an election unless reforms as agreed have been implemented. That’s what Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and African Union demands thus we don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2008,” Tsvangirai added.

Tsvangirai’s statement follows claims by President Mugabe last week that he had the sole mandate to determine the dates for the country’s next polls.

“Nobody is forced to go to an election but definitely I will exercise my presidential powers in accordance with the main principal law, the Constitution of our country and announce when the election will take place. And I will do this,” Mugabe told the state media during a televised ritual interviews to coincide with his 88th birthday.

Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s sole leader since the attainment of independence from Britain in 1980 is desperate to clinch another term as the country’s President.

Critics say Mugabe is fighting to beat time through calling for quick polls as both old age and recurrent health problems militate against him.

Harare based political analyst, Ernest Mudzengi dismisses Mugabe’s call for a snap election as mere wishes that are retrogressive coupled with selfishness and propagandist tendencies.

“Key reforms are a priority as the current Constitutional framework cannot allow for free and fair elections with the playing field being uneven. What ZANU-PF is doing is mere politicking and shockingly were uttering the same statements last year but to no avail,” Mudzengi said.

Tsvangirai reminded Mugabe that this inclusive government is a shared responsibility therefore should forget about personal powers.

“The president continue to live in the past forgetting that this is a shared responsibility as he continued to talk of his personnel powers either to appoint and call for an election despite the fact that article 19 of the GPA is very clear that we have shared authority and that we should agree,” Tsvangirai said .

The Government of National Unity (GNU) has been plugged in serious problems since its inception in 2009. The discord has seen unilateral appointments with the recent appointment of Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri; elections date confusion among others. But on the issue of elections are Zimbabweans ready and can the country continued to live in isolation if the reforms are not implemented.

As the President is celebrating his birthday this Saturday in Chipinge, in conclusion the Prime Minister wishes Mugabe many more years to come.

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