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Elections only after a clear roadmap - Hon. Biti
for Democratic Change (MDC)
June 30, 2011
Zimbabwe can only hold free, fair and uncontested elections after
the completion of a clear roadmap, the MDC Secretary General and
Finance Minister, Hon Biti said yesterday.
of Kuwadzana residents in Harare at a monthly feedback meeting in
the suburb last night, Hon. Biti said the roadmap would look into
various issues that need to be sorted out before the country could
hold any election that would not be in dispute.
to be looked into are the Electoral Amendment and the Zimbabwe Human
Rights Commission Bills which will be debated in Parliament soon.
current voters' roll, we have over six million registered
voters when in reality we have about only two million genuine voters
and the rest are ghost voters.
find an area that is infested only with snakes and birds being recorded
as having 45 000 registered voters while an urban area with thousands
of people will only have 8 000 registered voters. Therefore, we
need to clean up the voters' roll before we go for the next
elections to avoid a repeat of what happened in the past,"
Hon. Biti added;
"Voting in future will also not be as cumbersome as it was
before. We will ensure that voters are able to register to vote
and exercise their right. The police will not be involved in the
voting process like before but they will only be there to provide
protection and maintaining peace".
On the Human
Rights Commission Bill, Hon. Biti said the Bill would look at how
best the people's basic rights are respected in this country.
not want a situation where one lives in fear when the day of elections
is announced. The people's rights should be respected and
unnecessary arrests would be a thing of the past. The rule of law
should be in place and functioning," he said.
Hon. Biti said
during its next sitting, Parliament would look into the Depositors'
Protection Bill that will put in place laws that safeguard people's
savings in the banks.
want a situation similar to 2009 when people's saving simply
disappeared from the banks," he said to a wild applause from
that the country was failing to increase the salaries of the civil
servants because revenue collected in the country was very low and
below the Ministry of Finance's target while most companies
were operating below target with some closing down due to the unfavourable
political and economic environment.
challenge we are facing is that we have over 75 000 ghost workers
on the payroll with some of the ghost workers getting five monthly
pay slips in his or her name. This has to be looked into in order
to improve the civil servants' salaries.
Zimbabwe is one of the few countries that are not getting loans
to the Treasury from the international community because the international
community view Zimbabwe as a country in a very volatile situation,"
Hon. Biti said, appealing for an end to Zanu PF state sponsored
violence and unlawful arrests in order for Zimbabwe to join the
family of nations.
Chamisa, the MDC National Organising Secretary and Kuwadzana MP
told the residents that the disbursement of the Constituency Development
Fund (CDF) would start soon. He said they had carried out wide consultations
with the local leadership on how best the residents would benefit
from the US$50 000 fund.
for the area, Urayayi Mangwiro castigated police constabularies
for confiscating goods from vendors on a daily basis, a situation
which was seriously affecting the livelihoods of most families.
He said the
Harare City Council was working hard on improving service delivery
and by the end of the year the council would have increased its
fleet of refuse collection trucks to 45 from the current 26.
said the council was working on having Mazowe and Kunzvi dams supplying
water to Harare as the city's population had increased to
over 4 million residents in recent years and therefore Lake Chivero
was failing to cope.
Present at the
feedback meeting were; the councillor for Ward 38, in Kuwadzana,
Wilton Jangadzi, church leaders and senior Kuwadzana district representatives
from the MDC and Zanu PF.
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