Zanu-PF claims 2011 polls will go ahead

May 10, 2011 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

There has been another about-turn in Zimbabwe, with President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party claiming elections will go ahead later this year.

This despite calls by his chief negotiator Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, who called for polls in 2012 or 2013.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the party’s politburo will announce a final position on Wednesday.

But he said Chinamasa had no right to say elections were only possible in 2012 or 2013.

The statement from Chinamasa was greeted with relief by Mugabe’s opponents in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

It was seen as a sign that Mugabe was finally agreeing to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) position that Zimbabwe was not ready for the polls.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told reporters in Cape Town last week that polls were not expected for another 12 months.

But Gumbo said only Mugabe could declare when the election will be held.

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