3 May 2013

Zimbabwe: PM Tsvangirai Meets Gabon, Nigeria Presidents

press release

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday took his diplomatic offensive to Central and West Africa, where he met Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Nigerian leader President Goodluck Jonathan as part of his tour to press for Africa's support for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.

The Prime Minister is on a tour to meet with guarantors of the GPA in both SADC and the African Union to press for the full implementation of agreed reforms and a summit to set the ground rules for a credible plebiscite in Zimbabwe.

PM Tsvangirai met the Gabon Prime Minister before he met with President Ondimba, who chairs the confederation of Central African States.

After the PM's presentation in Libreville, the Gabon leader said Zimbabweans should be allowed to express themselves in a credible poll. He said all African leaders would need to remain seized with the problems in Zimbabwe until they were resolved through an election whose results would not be contestable.

On the same day, PM Tsvangirai proceeded to Abuja, where he held a 45-minute meeting with President Jonathan. PM Tsvangirai reiterated his concern over Zanu PF's lack of political will to ensure that true reforms agreed to four years ago are implemented and allowed to take root well before the election.

The Premier said he was aware of a plot to tamper with the voters' roll by disenfranchising some Zimbabweans and ensuring that first time voters are frustrated from registering in their large numbers. President Jonathan said he would remain on the side of the people of Zimbabwe who deserved a chance to democratically elect their leaders without let or hindrance.

He said it was necessary to ensure that the tragic drama of 2008 was not allowed to repeat itself. Zimbabwe, he said, should not be allowed to slide back and "Africa will not allow it".

PM Tsvangirai proceeds to Abidjan and then Botswana before returning home on Sunday.

Luke Tamborinyoka

Principal Director of Communications and

Spokesperson

Office of the Prime Minister

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