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    Bulawayo Agenda

    May 06, 2013

    More than 100 Plumtree residents including human rights activists attended the 2013 Elections Debate Series last Friday at Dingumuzi Hall. Representatives of MDC-T (Bulilima Chairperson- Norman Mpofu), ZAPU (Bulilima Chairperson Ernest Ndlovu) and MDC (Lionel De Necker) debated on the country’s readiness and timing of the holding of free and fair elections. ZANU PF despite, confirming attendance failed to send a representative for this debate once again.

    Below are major highlights of the meeting:

    • The three political party representatives called for peace and tolerance within the communities pointing to avoid the 2008 “Manuqonde” terror campaign allegedly driven by ZANU PF.
    • All political parties challenged the government to increase efforts towards key reforms (Media, Legislative and Security Sector) before elections for them to be free and fair.
    • The political parties expressed skepticism towards the appointment of Rita Makarau as the ZEC Chairperson given her background; she was appointed by President Mugabe in the 90s as a non-constituency MP.
    • Electorate should chose leaders based on capabilities and potential to promote development rather than only political party identity/belonging.
    • The three political parties concurred in calling for removal of oppressive laws (POSA and AIPPA) as the country is heads towards elections.
    • The three political parties said International Observers should be allowed to observe the next elections for the results to be credible.
    • Elections should be guided by the legal frame work in line with reforms and the SADC supervised election roadmap.
    • Government should develop mechanisms to cater for Gukurahundi victims’ challenges in obtaining identity documents and registering as voters.

    Once again, ZANU PF did not send a representative to this debate as has been the case with other debates in Lupane, Masvingo, Gweru, Gwanda and Nkayi. Shunning of these debates by ZANU PF gives an impression that the party may not be ready to face citizens and defend its positions and actions.

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