Tsvangirai rejects Mugabe poll pressure

2012-04-02 22:31

Harare - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday rejected fresh calls by President Robert Mugabe for polls this year, after the ageing liberation leader called for a vote on a new constitution next month.

State media quoted 88-year-old Mugabe at the weekend as threatening to set an election date unilaterally, unless a referendum on the charter is held in May.

Tsvangirai called a press conference on Monday to again insist that Zimbabwe remain on the "roadmap" brokered by the 15-nation Southern African Development Community.

"We continue to insist that any credible poll must be predicated by reforms," Tsvangirai said at his office in Harare.

"We expect the president to respect the constitution, to respect the law of the land and to respect the roadmap that SADC has outlined," he said.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a coalition government in February 2009 after the 2008 presidential race ended in bloodshed, with the prime minister's supporters making up most of the estimated 200 dead.

Delays in the constitution-making process and in media and electoral reforms have delayed the holding of new elections.

Mugabe said in the state-run Herald newspaper on Saturday that "the dance we have had... is over".

"Let us have an election and end this animal called inclusive government", he said.

Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, refuses to accede to any reforms until the European Union and the United States remove sanctions against him and his inner circle, imposed over human rights abuses and election fraud.

  • jamesallend - 2012-04-02 23:15

    Wz up wth ds guyz !e truth ez dat Mr Tsvangirai wil nva b e presidnt of Zim

      J-Man - 2012-04-03 08:53

      What? Write properly on a forum, or go to twitter.

      Sean - 2012-04-03 10:22

      Why is it that these brainwashed supporters of coutry ravaging power hungry self-loathing dictators such as Old Man Bob or Plumpster JuJu publically display that his/her communicaiton skills are on par of those of a 2 year old? Makes you think?

  • Michael McN - 2012-04-03 01:23

    Why don't Britain and the U.S. give Zimbabwe this deal? Either Mugabe allows the SADC roadmap to go forward as agreed or the old man won't be the only one dead when his funeral is held. Strafe the procession; only his supporters will attend.

      Amused - 2012-04-03 08:59

      Because Zimbabwe have renaged on just about every deal they have ever signed. You are falling for mugabe's classic divide and conquer, divert attention from the fact that there isnt a free press, there is a neutral police service, there arent neutral armed forces, there isnt credible independednt election monitoring etc, need i go on ???? Tsvangerai is dead right to hang in there, and hold everyone to the SADC deal, it is his only option. It is as hard to get any common sense out of SADC as it is Mugabe. Britian shoould never give in to sanctions until mugabe honours the lancaster house agreement, and he will, indeed. be dead, before he ever does that. He is a criminal, a mass murderer, a traitor and a hypocrite who has doled out untold misery on his opwn people, whilst living like a king. I despise the man, and i love the fact that the sanctions as such a thorn in his putrid flesh, that he will die angry over them. may he rot in hell

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 05:32

    yes let the big fat clown change that stuffed up countrys constitution again, whats he going to do this time, get more squatters to chase the present squatters off the now useless barren farms, what a garbage pit of a country

  • patrick.foya1 - 2012-04-03 07:32

    That's my leader!!!!!!

  • Julie - 2012-04-03 09:12 not in Mugabe's dictionary

  • Michael McN - 2012-04-04 02:15

    Re Amused's comment: I think you missed my point. It was an offer he can't refuse. Either Mugabe actually honors the SADC roadmap or his supporters and his supporters alone would be subjected to a Libya like incursion and death. When the choices are grim, the mind settles.

      Saymore - 2012-06-04 20:50

      mugabe must go now.

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