Mugabe: New constitution before poll

2012-10-31 07:25

Harare - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday said he expects fresh elections early next year, held under a new constitution, to choose a successor to the country's shaky power-sharing government.

"Our major objective remains the holding of the next harmonised elections in March 2013 under a new constitution," Mugabe said in his last address in parliament before elections he said should be held in March next year.

He said the new session of parliament "draws us closer to the end of the inclusive government" saying there had been "some growing mutual collaboration and commendable efforts at togetherness" in the compromise government with long-time rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

The veteran ruler urged Zimbabweans to refrain from violence in the lead-up to new elections.

"Let us shun violence in all its manifestations and latent forms, especially as we look forward to our national elections."

2008 polls

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government three years ago after violent and disputed polls in 2008.

Their relations have been characterised by frequent bickering and counter-accusations of violence.

A new draft constitution which is set to go for a referendum forms part of the key reforms to be made before fresh elections.

Last week political parties and civic groups gathered to review the draft constitution which will go for a referendum whose date is yet to be announced.

"As we look ahead, irrespective of our political differences, let us continue to be bound together as Zimbabweans," he said in a parliament sitting attended by Tsvangirai.

"It is time we believe in our capacity to confront our challenges, without the mischievous external hand that always comes to distort the magnitude and nature of our challenges."

Elections in Zimbabwe are often marred by violence.

Tsvangirai withdrew from a presidential run-off election in 2008 citing the killing of around 300 supporters.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-10-31 08:15

    VERY good liar. wow, that is high class quality bu***t right there.

  • sean.odonnell.1466126 - 2012-10-31 08:19

    Whatever, Bob....just don't expect the SA Taxpayer to pay for it.

  • gloria.mathebula.9 - 2012-10-31 08:22

    The Zimbos are just plain stupid and weak, do you think Mugabe wouldnt last in this country for a day if he was president? I dont think so cos we South Africans we fight. Zimbos go home and fight this demon. Zimbo go Homo

      vluiz - 2012-10-31 09:09

      Wow, clearly the opinion of a product of our current education system, judging by the grammar. He's no diffrent to your malema, and look at the support you people give him.

      bornwell.dennison - 2012-10-31 11:03

      I respect your views Mam but remember for you today to have a say,South africa got outside help,and South Africans went outside the country to fight no nation can do without Global help, Zimbabweans are not weak they are in a war. Day and night they are fighting for their country to be free,they are getting there, slowly but surely.You cant be effective fighting from within your country because your efforts will be easily twarted.Dont get me wrong war is not about guns and bullets,it comes in different forms and Zimbabweans are fighting one of those wars,by rallying the whole world against the oppresive regime

      Steven - 2012-10-31 13:18

      Gloria, the same could have been said about South Africans during the dark days of apartheid but nobody accused you of being weak. It took 40+ years for South Africa to get rid of apartheid. Zimbabwe has had a civil war before. We know the pain and suffering all out war brings. Nobody (Zimbabweans) wants a war. We are fighting Robert day and night. Many people have been abducted, murdered and raped by his cronies, but we still push everyday. We have come a long way, we've put him in a corner where he can't unilaterally do what he used to do. THe final battle is next March, and the whole world will be watching. ZANU PF's Zimbabwe, like Ian Smiths Rhodesia, will be confined to the books of history. May I suggest you put your efforts into reading books and improving your terrible grammar, rather than passing on xenophobic remarks. Its easy for you to say this, but ask your grand parents where your MK vets wen to hide and get training, then look yourself in the mirror, and ask, if it wasn't for Zim, Moz and co, would I (you) be free to air my views today?

      waltercanaan.ndebele - 2012-10-31 13:53

      Its very SAD that you think so about Zimbabweans.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-31 08:30

    The man is a liar. Under his direction the courts and police are victimising his opponents whilst refusing to take action against his supporters for crimes such as murder and assault. He and his colleagues Mnangagwa and Shiri have committed genocide (and not a word of condemnation from the ANC). He has destroyed the Zimbabwean economy through his avarice. In short our government and those of all the neighbouring countries are guilty of being accessories before and after the facts. "For evil to suceed it is sufficient that good men do nothing."

  • gert.theunissen.3 - 2012-10-31 09:38

    He sounds like door knob jz,self enriching,non taxpaying, intimidating liar!!!!!

  • bornwell.dennison - 2012-10-31 10:39

    Whilst the Presidents statements are sweet music to all peace loving people we need to welcome them with precaution. Just a few weeks ago ZANU castigated the new constitution and made more than 200 changes and now they make a 360 degree turn,very suspicious.As he spoke his soliders were busy terrorising villagers outside the glare of the world and still are,it becomes very hard to believe what the Honerable President is saying.Once you mention elections in Zim people get really scared because to them elections mean being forced and intimidated to attend political meetings, being beaten up so lets hope this time ZANU is sincere. We still hear of opponents being harrassed,persecuted and arrested,miltias are all over spreading ZANU gospel of fear.Lets see those from ZANU who brutalise opponents being arrested,withdraw soliders from villages and keep them in Barracks, there is no need for them to be out there,there is no war in Zim.It would be very good to have credible Govenment,for the people by the people. A Govenment that knows it there employed by the people,respect the peoples views,wishes,aspirations and above all unite the nation-God bless our leaders and nourish them with wisdom and understanding

      nick.collis.16 - 2012-10-31 14:34

      Well put Bornwell. Dennison! I am certain though that Mugabe is not endorsing the Copac constitutional draft. He has talked about the need for the principals to have the final say which is a slap in the face for parliament and civic society. This is posturing by Mugabe drawing attention to the fact that he wants an early election with ZANU PF still controlling the process.

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