30 April 2013

Zimbabwe: PM Meets Tanzania President Kikwete & Angolan Foreign Minister

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, today met with the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ Troika.

PM Tsvangirai also had a brief stop over in Luanda and met with the Angolan Foreign Minister, Georges Chicoti.

President Kikwete, after receiving a briefing from PM Tsvangirai said: "As SADC, we are very much interested in an election that is credible, free and fair. We want Zimbabweans to exercise their unfettered right to choose a leader of their choice."

Commenting after his meeting with the SADC Troika chair, Prime Minister Tsvangirai said the calls for peace by the Zanu PF leadership and their actions on the ground, in particular with reference to the voters' roll is increasingly pointing to a hidden strategy of hoodwinking the region, the international community and the Zimbabwean electorate that they are committed to a peaceful, free and fair election, when in fact they are committed to, and are planning for, a peaceful but rigged election.

Peace, although necessary, is not a sufficient condition for a credible and legitimate election.

The Prime Minister said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should ensure that everyone eligible to vote is registered on the voters roll.

PM Tsvangirai said his party wanted a clean and transparent voters roll, adding that his party would soon make public evidence of the connivance between some operatives of the Central Intelligence Organisation, the Registrar-General's Office, Zanu PF and the ZEC secretariat in manipulating the voter's roll.

The PM said: "We urge the region to remain vigilant about the situation in Zimbabwe. Given the reluctance by our partners to implement agreed reforms, SADC, as the guarantors of the GPA, may have to convene a summit to ensure implementation of reforms and to set the ground rules for the next plebiscite."

The PM is set to continue his trip around Africa to sensitize the guarantors on the delicate situation in Zimbabwe. He is expected back home on Sunday.

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