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activists urge Zim poll strike
Harare - A Zimbabwean
civic body which is advocating a new democratic constitution in the southern
African country, Thursday called for a national boycott of upcoming elections
to a newly created Senate.
Constitutional Assembly (NCA), a loose alliance of political, church,
women's and student groups, called the elections to create an upper house
of parliament "meaningless" and a "waste of time and resources."
"The NCA urges ordinary
Zimbabweans to refuse to be complicit in Zanu-PF's exploitative grand
scheme for diverting national and international attention from the root
cause of suffering in Zimbabwe, that is a failed government," NCA spokesperson
Jessie Majome told a news conference.
The Senate will comprise
10 traditional chiefs, 50 elected senators and six appointed by President
Critics say the move
will strengthen the parliamentary stranglehold of the ruling Zimbabwe
African National Union - Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).
"The NCA urges all
Zimbabweans to refuse to be abused for personal political gain and therefore
refuse to vote in the meaningless senate elections," Majome said.
Mugabe last month
approved a controversial amendment to the country's constitution, the
17th since independence from white rule in 1980, which provides for the
formation of the 66-member upper house of parliament.
Senate elections have
exposed divisions rocking the main opposition movement, which risks a
split over whether to contest the polls.
Planned talks between
the opposition Movement for Democratic Change's (MDC)
top six officials did not materialised Wednesday, with party officials
saying that some members of the group were not available.
Hours after the meeting
was due to have taken place, MDC vice president Gibson Sibanda issued
a statement accusing Tsvangirai of "willfully violating the constitution
of the MDC" by disregarding results from a vote to decide whether the
opposition party should contest the senate polls.
The NCA said it watched
with "disgust the feuding and bickering" in the MDC "a party that espouses
must refuse to be used and abused by aspiring politicians who wish to
climb over them to reach the dictated senate... for personal wealth creation
and self aggrandisement," the NCA said. - Sapa-AFP
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