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Crisis Report Issue 151
in Zimbabwe Coalition
February 21, 2013
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Not Keen to Implement GPA'
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
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.
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."
are abreast with the constitution making process, the MPOI survey
the research findings:
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.
(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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