Election This Year Will Be A Disaster: Raftopolous, Petras
Pretoria,Trust Matsilele February 02, 2012- Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for
Human Rights Irene Petras and leading human rights defender and accomplished
academic, Professor Brian Raftopolous have described as ‘disaster’ the
prospects of having harmonised elections this year.
“The political environment is not favorable for holding of free and fair
elections as intimidation, harassment and selective application of law is
still widespread in the country”, said Petras who was addressing a South
African Liaison Office meeting here.
Raftopolous added to Petras’s remarks stating that the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was likely
to win the much anticipated elections though the current environment does
not guarantee smooth transfer of power.
“Zanu PF does not derive its legitimacy from electoral contestation but
rather from its self-claimed contribution in the liberation struggle”,
The Harare administration is yet to implement all outstanding issues
stipulated in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that was signed by Zanu
(PF) and the MDC formations in 2008 following disputed June run-off
Raftopolous also added that political leadership in Zimbabwe has not been
negotiating in good faith but rather has been negotiating from deeply
entrenched and polarised positions.
“The GPA was not about real transformation but about new elections hence
this has stalled democratic progress” lamented Raftopolous.
Petras urged the region and international community to renew investment and
pressure in the process of ensuring that there is democracy in Zimbabwe.
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