MDC wants fresh elections for Zimbabwe

2010-02-09 12:02

FRESH elections are the only way to a lasting solution for

Zimbabwe, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in South Africa said

today.

“We sincerely believe that SADC (Southern African Development

Community) must now shift its attention and start organising the new election

sooner than soonest instead of romanticising a loser of election (President

Robert Mugabe),” said Austin Moyo, MDC chairperson in South Africa, at a media

briefing in Johannesburg.

The briefing was held as South African negotiators returned to the

capital Harare in a bid to address the troubles plaguing Zimbabwe’s unity

government.

Moyo added: “This (elections) should be started by breathing life

into a new constitution and electoral Act.”

He told of an increase in farm attacks in Zimbabwe and attempts to

strip power from MDC leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai by Zanu-PF of

Mugabe in the power-sharing government.

Problems in governance in the southern African country include

alleged attempts by Zanu-PF to cling on to power.

The global power-sharing agreement, which will be a year old on

Thursday, states that a new constitution has to be in place before fresh

elections could be held.

The agreement further stipulates that the constitution should be

finalised within 18 months. However, Moyo charged that attempts to finalise the

constitution were being frustrated by Zanu-PF.

This is because, he said, the current constitution favoured

Zanu-PF.

Moyo wants the South African delegation to put aside all other

aspects of the negotiation and push for the finalisation of a new constitution.


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