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June 16, 2013
leaders yesterday directed
President Robert Mugabe to go back to the Constitutional Court to
seek a variation of the July 31 poll
date after noting that it will be impossible to have elections
by that date.
gathered for a summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development
Community (Sadc) in the Mozambican capital, Maputo heard Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube, leader of the smaller MDC,
tear Mugabe’s contrived legal case for elections on July 31.
summit was convened two days after the octogenarian leader unilaterally
declared July 31 as the date for presidential and parliamentary
elections, a date vehemently rejected by Tsvangirai, his partner
and fierce rival in the coalition government, and Ncube.
Mugabe is said
to have told the summit that he made the proclamation
in a bid to abide by the ruling of the highest court in the land,
and that Parliament
expires in the next two weeks.
said he did not want to rule by decree for too long after the term
of the legislature expires.
regional leaders that Mugabe did not secure consensus from him as
outlined by the Global
Political Agreement (GPA), and that Mugabe’s poll timetable
made it impossible to complete reforms in the pro-Mugabe police
and military widely blamed for State-orchestrated violence in previous
elections and also implementing reforms in a partisan State-controlled
Ncube, a constitutional
law expert, gave a plain and simple explanation on the unconstitutionality
of Mugabe’s proclamation, saying the 89-year-old leader had
no power under the country’s constitution to call for elections
without the approval of Cabinet.
For 40 minutes,
Ncube shredded Mugabe for precipitating a political and constitutional
crisis by unilaterally calling for polls.
He also railed
against the veteran ruler’s invocation of special presidential
powers to by-pass Parliament and fast-track changes to the Electoral
Act before unilaterally declaring the poll date.
At the end of
his presentation, Ncube reportedly looked at Mugabe and said: “We
ask you to act as our President, Zimbabwe’s President, not
a Zanu-PF president.”
The Sadc summit,
postponed by a week on Mugabe’s request, received a progress
report on the facilitation process from South Africa president Jacob
Zuma, outlining what needs to be done before the election, including
aligning laws to the new Constitution and completing media and security
said he was glad with the outcome of the summit.
has adopted the facilitator’s report and also listened to
the presentation by the principals,” Tsvangirai’s spokesperson
Luke Tamborinyoka told the Daily News on Sunday.
has insisted that the minister of Justice should approach the court
to tell them of the impracticality of the judgment. Sadc also insisted
on implementation of media and security sector reforms and that
amendments (to the Electoral Act) go through parliament. We are
happy that summit has prevailed.
Sadc was very clear that the conditions are important than the date.”
leaders also emphasised that Zimbabweans must elect leaders of their
choice in a free and fair environment.
“All the parties have agreed that the minister of Justice
will approach the Constitutional Court and request that the election
be held on 14 August.
also adopted president Zuma’s report which insists on the
implementation of the agreed roadmap before elections are held.
We would like to thank Sadc for standing firm.”
was unreachable for comment, a senior Zanu-PF official claimed that
the regional bloc has upheld the Constitutional Court judgment that
Zimbabwe must vote on July 31, and advised parties that if there
were disagreements they must approach the Constitutional Court to
seek for a variation.
leaders were clear that it will be up to the courts to decide,”
said the senior Zanu-PF official, who declined to be named saying
he was not authorised to speak to the press.
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