Summit warns on Zimbabwe election

Posted on Jul 22 2013 - 8:28am by admin

By Bill Cocoran

A regional summit tasked with assessing the preparations for Zimbabwe’s upcoming general elections has warned that organising a credible poll by the July 31st deadline will be difficult.

Time running out for Mugabe: The Zanu PF dictator seen here with South African President Jacob Zuma

Time Running Out for ailing Mugabe seen here with Zuma

The assessment by regional leaders who attended the Southern African Development Community (SADC) peace and security meeting in Pretoria on Saturday has come amid growing concerns that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party is trying to rig the poll to secure victory.

Zimbabweans will vote on July 31st to end a shaky powersharing arrangement between Zanu-PF and Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, which was sponsored by SADC following disputed polls in 2008.

Last month SADC urged Zimbabwe’s government to delay the election to allow time to apply reforms that would ensure a free and fair vote, giving the new government legitimacy.

The reforms, agreed to by the signatories of the 2009 deal, would limit the military’s role in politics, strip ghost voters from the electoral roll and ensure all eligible voters were registered.

But Mr Mugabe and his allies have ignored the request.

Chaotic

An indication of how chaotic the poll could turn out can be ascertained from a vote held early last week for members of the security forces who will be on duty when citizens cast their ballots.

Thousands of policemen and soldiers were unable to vote in two days of polling due to shortages of ballot papers, indelible ink and boxes.

Putting together an election within a month “is very stressful and to have everything organised, you know it is quite a mammoth task”, said Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, who attended the SADC meeting.

“That’s why we are seeing the incidents of the early voters, where half of them couldn’t vote . . . So it’s going to be a tough election to organise.”

He added SADC would do what it could to ensure the poll was free and fair.

While there have been no signs of the violence that plagued the 2008 poll, analysts have warned the electoral roll is in disarray and is open to manipulation. There is also no indication of where the money will come from to hold the poll.

South African president Jacob Zuma is leading the SADC mediation team on Zimbabwe, and the regional body has deployed 360 observers to oversee the poll. US and European monitors have been banned from participating by Mr Mugabe. Irish Times

  • MUSINDO(MAKANYA)VIGORONY-HOVIO

    MUGABE IS A FOOL DOES HE HONESTLY THINK HE CAN COMPLETELY BAN EU AND AMERICAN OBSERVERS……AS LONG AS AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN EMBASSIES EXIST AND OPERATE IN ZIM THEN OBSERVERS FROM THESE COUNTRIES ARE EVER PRESENT IN ZIMBABWE………..BESIDE THAT THESE COUNTRIES ARE SO ADVANCED IN INTELLIGENCY THAN THE DAFT ZANU PF AND LUNATIC MUGABE S CIOS…THE PSYCHOLOGY MAZIWISAZ…………………HE BAN AMERICAN AND EU BUT INVITE EVIL AND BIASED CHINESE OBSERVERS WHO ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN ZIMBABWE S AFFAIRS TO LOOT DIAMOND

    • timba

      iwe wakapusa iwe, official observing ndoyavakarambidzwa, varimo vano observer havo varikure uko but 1st hand vanenge vasina. fool ndiani ipapa?

    • Chandokupisa

      Don’s shout at my President you linatic. Those embassies will never say anything as long as they were not invited. If they say it no one will understand them because they were not invited. Foolish. Pamberi naGushungo pasi naTsvangirai tea boy.

      • Semhalo

        Politics dzana”pamberi na…, pasi na….” ndedze gore ragocha nhembe idzi. Iko kutukana tukana hakuvake nyika yedu. We need to hear of clear policies which relate to and will benefit everyone in Zim. Policies that look at bread and butter issues for the generality of Zimbos and not the chosen few. Those policies should be implemented once one has been elected to represent us (not to rule us). Mukore wekutonga nyika wakapfuura nanaSmith who ruled by hook and crook. They were bloody colonisers and we should not emulate them. Ndosaka takavarwisa. Whoever copies their evil deeds is an enemy to Zimbabwe and its progress.

        Kana paine akoniwa, we should have the freedom to face them and tell them that, without being intimidated and threatened because tisu takavaisa pazvigaro kuti vaite zvido zvedu. Kana voita zvido zvavo we must be given the opportunity yokuvabvisa toisa vamwe tisingadimurwe maoko, tisingatumirwe varume vanopfeka zvitema kuti vativhundutsire kana kutiuraya kana kutumirwa zvidhakwa zvaipfura maticha nerekeni kuti tirohwe magaro kusvika asvuuka. Hapana mutungamiri anonzi atonge nekusingaperi. God is no respecter of persons. All we are told in the Bible is to respect the positions not necessarily boot-licking individuals in those positions.

        Pamberi nekuti Zimbabwe iwe neshanduko yakanaka nyika ibudirire. Remember change is the only constant no matter how you may try to remain stagnant. That is a fact of life.

        • Chandokupisa

          inga kana newewo wati pamberi neZimbabwe kuti iwe neshanduko. Kana uine chinhu chaunoda kuti chienderere mberi unototi pamberi nacho. Kana pane zvipingaidzo, zviyedzo zvinoda kutadzisa hwechinhu chako kuti chisabudirire unoti pasi nacho. Thats a fact. kana kuchurch chaiko munoti pasi naSatan nekuti anokutadzisai kuita zvakanaka. saka Pasi naTsvangirai wenyu mukoma.

          • Semhalo

            Ndizvozvo chaizvo munun’una pamberi neZimbabwe kwete pamberi nanhingi, pasi nanhingi. Kunyange kuchechi kwavareva, kuti “Pasi naSatani” hakuziko kunoti Satani abve muhupenyu hwemunhu asi shanduko yepfungwa nezviito zvemunhu, iya yatinoti repentance.

            Ini ndinoti pamberi neZimbabwe. Whoever comes in should have same mentality reflected in zviito. That will require major change in our leaders because clearly as things are our leaders (who would like to remind us they rule us though they should be leading and representing us) do not care about Zimbabwe but themselves and their kith and kin. Ndosaka tiri munyatwa yatiri iyi. “It’s all because of sanctions,” is their song. Ko kumbozvitarisawo kuti ko isu tiri kurasika papi. Asi don’t worry zvichaita munun’una; it may be in a thousand years but change will surely come.