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Crisis Report Issue 151
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
February 21, 2013

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'Zanu-PF Not Keen to Implement GPA'

The majority of Zimbabweans think that Zanu-PF is the main culprit as far as non-implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) is concerned, a survey report by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) has revealed.

The survey results were presented to civil society and other stakeholders at a dissemination meeting held at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Harare on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

Zanu-PF is "not committed at all" to full implementation of the Agreement, 26 % of the respondents said, while 21% leveled the same accusation against the MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Of those who thought the two parties were "somewhat committed", 37% said the MDC-T was committed, compared to the 34% who said the former sole ruling party Zanu-PF showed commitment to the Interparty Agreement.

The survey results come amid increasing crackdown on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) by the state through the police. Political analysts and Human Rights Defenders are of the view that the police are simply implementing successive political resolutions made by ZANU-PF.

The resolutions were made by the party's 12th and 13th annual National People's conferences in Bulawayo in 2011 and in Gweru in 2012 respectively.

Owing to the blitzkrieg, the victim count of affected NGOs has risen to eight in the last two months, as Zimbabwe Republic Police raids, or sometimes literally breaks into the premises of legally registered civil society organisations ahead of the constitutional referendum and elections expected in 2013.

The survey revealed that, a significant number of the Zimbabweans interviewed amounting to, 30% were not free to reveal their voting intentions in the forthcoming elections, though "the general impression is that Zimbabweans are likely to vote yes in the referendum."

Most Zimbabweans are abreast with the constitution making process, the MPOI survey suggests.

According to the research findings:

"While 69% of Zimbabweans of the voting age said they had heard about COPAC's process of making a new constitution, 56% claimed to have heard of the July 2012 Draft Constitution of Zimbabwe."

On how to ensure free and fair elections in 2013, engagement of international observers from the SADC, UN and European Union was topped the list from the suggested 10 benchmarks from respondents, with "no to political intimidation and violence" as the second most popular measure.

The majority (57%) of respondents were averse to the idea that the Inclusive Government (IG) should continue in office, ahead of the electoral contest expected in 2013.

The Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) is a non-governmental research institute, part of the Afro barometer research institutions, which carries out periodic research on socio-economic and political country realities, disseminating its findings to the public.

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