ZANU-PF Mulls Pulling Out of Unity Gov’t to Force Elections
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will lobby his fellow Southern African
leaders on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Addis Ababa later
this month to acquiesce in an election in Zimbabwe this year without reforms
many say are indispensable.
Sources in Mr. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party say hardliners want Mr. Mugabe to tell
peers in the Southern African Development Community that the Harare unity
government should be disbanded because it has become totally dysfunctional.
The hardliners are calling on the parliamentary committee responsible for
overhauling the constitution to abandon the revision process and let the
country to hold elections.
They say the views Zimbabweans expressed in a 2010 outreach phase have not
been incorporated in early drafts, and that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s
Movement for Democratic Change is delaying the process to fend off early
ZANU-PF members of the constitution drafting technical team, Godwills
Masimirembwa and Jacob Mudenda, say drafters have not delivered a proper
ZANU-PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo says the constitution-making process
has become a “dead and already stinking donkey,” charging that the two MDC
formations in government are using it to subvert popular views gathered in
Moyo contended that it is unthinkable anyone in SADC would make putting the
new constitution in place a precondition for holding new elections in
Zimbabwe – though that is one of the basic premises of the 2008 Global
Political Agreement for power sharing, which is the basis for the unity
government launched in February 2009.
Attorney Jeremiah Bamu of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said ZANU-PF
knows broad reforms would undermine its already weak electoral position.
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