Zimbabwe: MDCs Reject Mugabe Early Polls Push

THE two MDC formations have rejected President Robert Mugabe's plot to railroad the nation into elections in March next year, saying the polls were only feasible by September.

The two parties told the South African parliamentary portfolio committee on international relations in Cape Town last week moves by Mugabe to push for early polls would be resisted.

South African President Jacob Zuma is the mediator to the Zimbabwean political logjam and his facilitation team has been battling to unlock the crisis with scant results.

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora and MDC director for policy research Qhubani Moyo told the South African legislators Zimbabwe was not ready for polls in March due to a raft of outstanding reforms, including completion of a draft constitution.

Zanu PF was invited but snubbed the indaba which was also attended by civil society representatives, among them Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights executive director Irene Petras, Zimbabwe Election Support Network national director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava and political analyst Professor Brian Raftopoulos.

Mwonzora and Moyo said their parties demanded a clearly defined roadmap with signposts guaranteeing free and fair elections by September. Moyo said Mugabe wanted to hijack a parliamentary process to write a new constitution using his imperial powers in a frantic bid to restore his sweeping powers as enshrined in the current Lancaster House constitution but whittled down in the draft constitution.

"We told the South African parliament how Mugabe and an impostor (Deputy Prime Minister Arthur) called Mutambara are planning to wrestle a people-driven process to suit their political agendas. The constitution-making process was driven by parliament and should be concluded by Copac and not a dubious forum called principals," said Moyo.

The MDCs believe security sector reforms are urgent as security forces chiefs have brazenly violated the constitution and Defence Act by "declaring a coup even before elections".

Military chefs have repeatedly warned they would not allow anyone except Mugabe to rule Zimbabwe.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2012 Zimbabwe Independent. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.