Zimbabwe: Free, Fair Elections a Must

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Monday, held a successful meeting with visiting German Economic Development and Cooperation Minister, Dirk Niebel, where he briefed him on the progress on the electoral roadmap.

Zimbabwe elections are scheduled for next year and the Premier told Minister Niebel that he was concerned with issues of media and security sector reform.

"We discussed the political situation in the country as well as the issue of the referendum and also Zimbabwe Germany relations. I believe we will have free and fair elections but there has been sticking points such as media and security sector re-alignment. These need to be addressed before the next elections," the Premier said.

"There have also been isolated cases of repression and selective application of the law as some citizens are denied bail. This needs to be addressed," said PM Tsvangirai.

PM Tsvangirai told journalists that he briefed the German Minister on the Save Conservative Valley were some German Nationals had their sanctuaries seized by senior Zanu PF officials.

"The land reform did not target conservatives. Government position is that conservatives should not be targeted," added PM Tsvangirai.

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