Tsvangirai puts stop to dialogue

Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the mainstream MDC, today announced that his party would no longer push for inclusive dialogue with President Robert Mugabe and his government to solve the current social, political and economic problems.

Tsvangirai
Tsvangirai

Speaking at a press briefing at the Harvest House party headquarters in Harare, Tsvangirai said MDC, following a recent conference attended by the national executive in Kadoma, would instead focus on reforms necessary for free and fair elections in the future.

"Our call for national dialogue has been spurned by Zanu (PF). The executive resolved to withdraw that call for dialogue…but to now demand the implementation of agreed reforms that will ensure a free, fair and credible poll," said Tsvangirai,

Zanu (PF) and Mugabe won last year's general elections with landslide victories but the MDC and other political parties alleged massive poll fraud.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) election observer missions noted "serious" concerns regarding the handling of the elections and urged the government to implement necessary reforms.

The observer teams were concerned by the failure by political parties and their candidates to access the electronic voters' roll, an unusual number of assisted voters and bussing of voters, among others, even though they acknowledged the generally peaceful environment in which the elections were held.

The MDC national executive adopted numerous reform demands, according to Tsvangirai.

The opposition party resolved to push for implementation of the national constitution.

"This constitution was written and endorsed by three million Zimbabweans and the MDC demands the immediate implementation of the people's charter," said Tsvangirai.

He said his party would adopt protests and petitions "of any scale and magnitude" to push for reforms, advocate for a transparent voters'

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