By Tichaona Sibanda
5 March 2013
ZANU PF’s Foreign Affairs Minister, has said Zimbabwe will not be inviting Western observers to the constitutional referendum and elections due this year.
Mumbengegwi criticized the EU and US observers for lacking objectivity, saying they don’t see any need to invite them when they have never reciprocated and invited them to monitor theirs.
The country is set to go for a referendum in eleven days time and that will be followed by elections, most likely at the end of July, according to officials from all parties in the GPA.
Mumbengegwi also said Western observers would not be welcome because of the targeted sanctions the EU and US imposed on Robert Mugabe and his cronies.
Charlton Hwende, the MDC-T national executive member in charge of Mashonaland West province, said the decision to ban Western countries must be condemned by all right thinking Zimbabweans.
Hwende wrote on his Facebook page that ‘this country does not belong to (Robert) Mugabe or the other Principals.’
‘We all remember how the 2008 election and the previous ones were rigged, victory stolen but most of those invited monitors declared the election free and fair. Enough is enough we must demand a free and fair referendum and election,’ he said.
The MDC-T’s deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Senator Obert Gutu, was even more scathing saying the decision is ‘misguided and preposterous.’
‘ZANU PF should know that they’re not the government. ZANU PF is in government but they’re not the government. The government of Zimbabwe is a government of national unity composed of three political parties.
‘Therefore a decision like that cannot be unilaterally made by just one partner in the unity government,’ Gutu said.
He continued: ‘We in the MDC should not at all accept this…we should just take off the gloves and confront ZANU PF and make sure this spurious decision is set aside soon rather than later.’