General election for July?

Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe

A highly placed source told us that President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agreed on the tentative dates for an election

By Tichaona Sibanda
14 February 2013

Zimbabweans could vote in the first harmonized elections under a new constitution anytime between the 15th and 30th July this year. A highly placed source told us that President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai agreed on the tentative dates recently.

The poll will likely draw regional and international scrutiny after the bloody violence that followed a disputed 2008 ballot.

The principals also agreed that the country will vote to approve or reject the proposed new constitution on March 16th, although the date was described as ‘tentative.’

Normally elections in Zimbabwe are held over a weekend so if the July dates are correct the country would stage elections on the weekend of the 20th or the 27th.

The elections, the first under a new constitution since independence in 1980, will end months of speculation and anxiety among Zimbabweans.

The last harmonized elections five years ago triggered wide scale political violence, blamed on ZANU PF, which saw more than 500 mainly MDC-T supporters killed, many thousands maimed and half a million others displaced.

The new constitution, if adopted, will outlaw the involvement of armed security forces in partisan politics. Douglas Mwonzora, the MDC-T spokesman and COPAC co-chair said there are certain provisions in the constitution that will automatically begin to operate once Mugabe signs the new charter into law.

Mwonzora explained that there will be a two-week grace period after the referendum on March 16th during which Mugabe will be liable ,under the country’s statutes, to sign the constitution into the supreme law of Zimbabwe.

‘At that point the new constitution will bring into effect provisions aimed at leveling the political playing field. By this I refer to chapter 11 of the draft on the conduct of members of the security services.

‘Members of the armed forces will, from the day the President signs the constitution into law, be prohibited from acting in a partisan manner or further the interests of any political party or violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of any person,’ Mwonzora said.

The rest of the constitution will come into effect on the day the new President takes the oath of office.

7 Responsesto “General election for July?”

  1. wilbert_mukori says:

    When the principals announced they had agreed on the Copac constitution on 17 January 2013, MDC agreed the new constitution on its own was too weak and feeble to deliver free and fair elections and so the party was going to push for the agreed reforms to be implemented. They promised the reforms would be implemented before the referendum. Zanu PF said NO.

    Now MDC has changed, it has ditched the idea of get the reforms implemented and has gone back to the feeble and weak constitution forcing members of the security services to STOP acting in a “partisan manner”. This is supposed to
    happen by 30 March 2013, two week after the referendum.

    Everything MDC says is like a mirage, the pool of water keeps move into the
    distance; the date the violence will stop keeps moving further back.

    The truth is the only hope for ending the violence was implementing the reforms. Since MDC failed to force through the reforms the only other option now left is to vote no in the referendum and force the reforms to be implemented BEFORE the elections.

    MDC know and accept there will be violence. Chamisa admitted on 31 January 2013 that MDC would take part in the elections “whatever the magnitude of the persecution from which ever quarter”.

    Vote yes and the elections will go ahead. If the violence continues after 30
    March 2013 that will be just too bad, the elections will still go ahead regardless. All MDC want to do is deliver the yes vote to Mugabe; their pay back to Mugabe for allowing them on the gravy train and, hopefully, be allowed back on after the election! Of course MDC would not want to see anyone hurt; they will readily say that although the party will continue making one lie after another just to get the yes vote.

    MDC are all completely focused on getting back on the gravy train, they do not care how many broken limbs and body bags that will cost! Zimbabweans have to quickly wake up to the reality that MDC are sleeping with the enemy before it is too late.

    • Chimbwidos Warvets says:

      Zimbabwe is a multi-democracy and as such has a multiplicity of political parties whose views were not taken into account when GPA came into being. As discussed with you before, the reforms that were discussed and agreed upon by the only three political parties that brought about the inclusive government in Harare can not hold the entire nation to ransom. The general elections in Zimbabwe should not be dependent on the implementation of the so-called reforms as these only bind ZANU PF, MDC-T and MDC-N and not the entire nation. You should get your priorities right, Wilbert.

  2. I live in Africa and Europe.I believe that Mugabe can see clearly through the minds of the so called white zimbabweans,and they don’t like it so. They would rather a tool like Tsvangirai or Fanuel Nsingo.

  3. super mondo says:

    i wonder if the reforms to protect the electorate will be inplace.

  4. Mugabe at least has direction.Can anybody on earth show me an economist, who believe the economy of a nation as more important than it’s land?

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