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Zanu PF political machinations exposed
in Zimbabwe Coalition
December 18, 2006
The SADC Principles and
Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections 2.1.4 stipulates "regular
intervals for elections as provided for by the respective National
Constitutions". Furthermore Article 2;1;1 state that a democratic
election should have full citizen participation in political processes.
Even if President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF amend the constitution
to facilitate postponement through parliament, the lack of citizens'
participation through a referendum remains an affront to the SADC
principles and guidelines. The ruling party has come up with a resolution
of postponing the 2008 Presidential elections to 2010 which has
subsequently been adopted as a government position without consulting
with the generality of Zimbabweans. The argument that parliament
will debate on the issue does not hold water given the manner in
which the institution has been operating in the past. The outcome
of those deliberations are predictable as the parliament is predominantly
In his concluding remarks
at a Zanu PF Annual people's conference held last week, Mugabe
highlighted that chief amongst the resolutions adopted at the same
meeting was that the presidential and the parliamentary elections
be postponed to 2010.Such a move is not surprising, given the nature
of the party and leader in question. Zanu Pf as a party has become
indispensable with tyranny and has a habit of making decisions on
behalf of the people of Zimbabwe.
The reason proffered
for the delay of the elections is that, holding the presidential
election in 2008 and later in 2010 the parliamentary elections will
be costly and thus holding both election in the same year will be
cost effective. If the postponement is only a matter of the costs
why not have both elections in 2008 and not push them to 2010 where
their running might prove to be even expensive considering the rate
at which the economy is deteriorating. Whilst every sane person
could see that the 2005 Senatorial Elections were a shear waste
of resources, the government, at a time the economy of Zimbabwe
was in Intensive Care Unit, defied logic and went ahead with the
elections. This clearly denotes Zanu PF's lack of commitment
to economic resuscitation as they would want to portray.
of the 2008 Presidential election will do little, if anything to
change the fortunes of Zimbabwe as a country as it will further
entrench the grip of the dictatorship and consequently more suffering
for Zimbabweans. The postponement therefore is motivated by self
aggrandizement and insatiable desire for power on Zanu PF's
part as opposed to the purported economic reasons!
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