ZANU PF planning ahead for next election
By Lance Guma
Plans to rig the next elections in Zimbabwe are said to be underway, with
accusations that ZANU PF is secretly removing known MDC-T supporters from
the voters roll.
Sources who spoke to SW Radio Africa, but who refused to be named for fear
of victimisation, have claimed that chiefs in the rural areas are being
coerced into supplying the names of known opposition supporters.
The lists being drawn up from this exercise are being forwarded to the
Registrar General’s office, who are in turn removing the MDC-T supporters
from the voters roll. The Registrar General’s office is still run by Tobaiwa
Mudede, a card carrying member of ZANU PF who has in the past presided over
many disputed elections.
MDC-T National Executive member Charlton Hwende was a guest on our Behind
the Headlines programme and told us the strategy to remove their members
from the voters roll would not work because they were already demanding a
new roll. He said they would not participate in any election that did not
use a ‘credible’ voter’s roll and that Mudede was wasting his time if he was
“As a party our position is very clear. If the issues that we have
identified that enable us to go into a free and fair election are not solved
we are not going to participate. I think that the President (Tsvangirai) has
made that very clear on numerous occasions.” Hwende also confirmed that
several of their members in Kariba had been removed from the voters roll,
for no apparent reason.
Commenting on growing incidents of violence Hwende said ZANU PF abandoned
political violence in the run up to the March 2008 election and because of
that they lost the election to the MDC-T. After that defeat he said Mugabe’s
party went back to their ‘tried and tested’ method to win back the
presidency via “the violent and discredited June 2008 presidential runoff
Hwende said because of that precedent it was unlikely the country could hold
free and fair elections. “The building of a war chest by ZANU PF, through
the Marange diamonds and its partisan asset stripping indigenisation policy,
which is a euphemism for the ‘Zanufication’ of the economy, are clear signs
the next polls will be extremely violent and bloody,” he said.
Meanwhile the Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa is reporting that
Mugabe is appealing to China and Russia for protection should a future
disputed election in the country be taken to the United Nations (UN)
Security Council for intervention.
The paper said that Mugabe had made the appeal for support from China and
Russia while on an official visit to Beijing. Mugabe’s fears are said to be
drawn from reports that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is lobbying the UN
and has also visited several African countries currently sitting in the UN
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