Mugabe’s Party Resists Further Reforms Ahead of Elections

February 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON — Political temperatures are again rising in Harare even after
the three parties in the government of national unity agreed to a final
draft of the constitution after more than 3 years of sometimes heated

Zanu-PF chief negotiator and Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, on
Thursday told the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper that after the
constitution, there will be no further reforms ahead of elections expected
this year.

Mr. Chinamasa was responding to remarks by MDC-T chief negotiator and
Finance Minister, Tendai Biti, that there is need for further reforms. The
MDC wants the reform of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission secretariat, media
laws, and the security sector.

The MDC also wants international observers to be deployed early to monitor
the pre and post election environment. Zanu-PF is likely to clash with the
Southern African Development Community appointed mediator Jacob Zuma, whose
envoys have also said they want reforms ahead of elections.

The envoys were in Harare on Tuesday and promised to visit the country more
frequently to ensure outstanding issues in the election roadmap are

Political analyst Earnest Mudzengi also director of the Media Centre told
VOA that the presence of Mr. Zuma’s envoys is likely to help MDC’s cause.

Meanwhile, the MDC says thousands of people have submitted nomination papers
to contest in the partys council, parliamentary and senate primary

Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa had said earlier that
his party’s primary elections would be held this month but party sources
said they are likely to be postponed due to wrangling over the criteria of
choosing candidates.

The MDC formation led by Industry Minister Welshman Ncube is also accepting
nomination papers.

Organising secretary Nelson Chamisa of the Tsvangirai MDC sad everyone is
pleased with the quality of candidates who want to represent the party.


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