6 June 2018

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Holds Fruitful Talks With C'wealth Team

Zanu — PF yesterday hosted a Commonwealth delegation which is in the country to assess preparedness for harmonised elections set for July 30.

The team was deployed to Zimbabwe on an assessment mission between June 2 and 7 to gain appreciation of the function of democracy in Zimbabwe and the extent to which it is aligned with the Commonwealth's fundamental political values.

The visit followed a formal letter written by President Mnangagwa to Commonwealth secretary-general expressing the country's interest in re-joining the bloc.

Speaking after the meeting at Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare yesterday, the party's Secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu said the discussion was fruitful.

Cde Mpofu said he had provided the team with the relevant information and emphasised the party's commitment to holding a free, fair and credible election.

"They needed assurance from Zanu-PF on our genuineness and commitment to holding a peaceful election," he said.

"We assured them that the party was ready and that our commitment to holding a free, fair and credible election was self-evident.

"What they have seen on the ground so far is evidence enough that we are serious about the issue. Our President has told everyone locally and internationally about our commitment to a democratic plebiscite.

"That remains our position as a party.

"Yesterday (Monday) we met the National Democratic Institute and the International Research Institute from Ireland.

"We also have requests from observers like GALZ (Gays and Lesbians Association of Zimbabwe) and we will be meeting them soon to hear their issues as well.

"We will also meet National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO)."

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