Mugabe wants Zim elections this year

2011-05-19 12:13

Harare - President Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe should have fresh elections this year, once the country holds a referendum to adopt a new constitution, a state daily reported on Thursday.

"We should not delay the process any further than is necessary," The Herald newspaper quoted Mugabe as saying in an interview.

"Once you have gone to the people and asked their views and if they support that constitution why should we wait any further," he said. "Then we proceed to hold elections because that is the mission of the global political agreement."

"We have now said to ourselves let's establish timelines... and see whether the timelines required cannot all be fitted into 2011," he added.

Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government two years ago to avoid a descent into full-fledged conflict in the aftermath of a bloody presidential run-off election.

As part of the pact the parties agreed to a raft of reforms including amendments to the media and electoral laws and drafting a new constitution before new elections.

But public consultations on a new constitution have been repeatedly postponed after outbreaks of violence, mainly blamed on the supporters of Mugabe's Zanu-PF.

Since its formation, the unity government has been marred by disagreements and boycotts, with Mugabe last year suggesting that elections be held to dissolve the deal.

Tsvangirai has said that elections were not possible before reforms were in place.

Last month a senior member from Mugabe's party said the country could see polls at least in 2013, but others in his party continue to insist on polls later this year, in an unusually public show of dissent within the ranks.

Local business leaders and central bank chief Gideon Gono have voiced concern saying the country is not ready for polls.

  • PMG - 2011-05-19 12:22

    Whatever for?If the old embacile doesnt agree with the outcome,he wont respect the voters wishes anyway.

  • IandI - 2011-05-19 12:27

    They will be forced to count the votes over and over until Mugabe wins.

  • Anonymus - 2011-05-19 12:46

    he needs to be put down!

  • nyatiphotography - 2011-05-19 12:51

    Mugabe is about to fall off his perch, he is full of prostrate cancer, so his time is numbered. Hence the call for elections. Delay it until the bugger is dead !!

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  • Marshall - 2011-05-19 13:26

    There is no money in the treasury for elections. Mugabe and his comrade cronies do not respect what the 'people' say anyway; they voted him out, yet the senile old crocodile stole back power all the same. His buddies need the "election" to be done and dusted before the old bugger kicks it, so that they can hang on to power before the party crumbles into a power struggle vacuum. This is a dictatorship in democratic clothing... well, the 'emperors clothing' is wearing a little thin; time to move on to a true democracy. The people of Zimbabwe deserve better!!

      Karoogypsy - 2011-05-19 15:37

      I disagree with you here ! The people of Zimbabwe deserve what they get - if they had any guts they will stand up against this dumb ass ! Like in Libya.......they should demand change and not stand back and accept it ! Sorry pal but they deserve what the accept !

      Marshall - 2011-05-21 12:45

      Shows how much you know about history. Mugabe killed off masses of Zimbabweans who opposed him. While attempted to oppose Mugabe, the people of Zimbabwe have been maimed, battered, bled and bruised... repeatedly. All the while, SA and company simply turn a blind eye. THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE DESERVE BETTER.

  • amabok - 2011-05-19 13:26

    Why won't he just die.

  • Mthetwa - 2011-05-19 13:32

    Robert, do you want to see how ZANU-PF lose the next elections before you die ?

  • nn.prv - 2011-05-19 13:40

    Its happening !!!!!!!!!!!!! mounts as mugabe collapses

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  • hotfin - 2011-05-19 16:09

    Just smoke & mirrors as the ballot boxes will be stuffed again with fake votes for Mugabe. Weren't there turnouts in the last 'elections' of 110% or more???

  • Adrian Piers - 2011-05-19 16:41

    We need to change the CONSTITUTION as soon as possible! If dear President Comrade Robert Mugabe is ill he will lose the presidency if he dies. Therefore the Constitution needs to be amended so that he can continue being president after his death. Long live our great leader!

  • Bidartbru - 2011-06-01 21:18

    Bob, you miserable bucket of shyte, I hope you die a slow and agonising death and hope that Julias 'Stabaan' Malema follows shortly after.

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