Zimbabwe court grants Mugabe poll wish

2012-10-03 11:20

Harare - Zimbabwe's high court has granted President Robert Mugabe's wish to postpone by-elections until next year, when the country will vote a successor to its shaky power-sharing government.

Justice George Chiweshe late on Tuesday ruled that parliamentary by-elections for three seats left vacant for three years should be held by 31 March 2013, the date Mugabe has suggested for general elections.

In a court filing, Mugabe argued there was no money to hold the by-elections - which his party is almost certain to lose - given the country had to pay for both a constitutional referendum and a general election in coming months.

The filing contained the first mention of a possible date for the vote to end the uneasy power-sharing deal between Mugabe and arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai, who has argued the poll date is too soon.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a power-sharing government in 2009 following violent polls to avoid a tip into a full-fledged conflict.

In the pact which gave birth to the compromise government, the parties agreed to a raft of reforms and crafting a new charter before new elections.

In his court papers Mugabe said the election date would be proclaimed "at the appropriate time" while a referendum on a new draft to pave way for new elections was expected in November.

The country's electoral commission on Tuesday said it needs $104m to organise the referendum, and required at least six weeks to arrange the vote.

A draft constitution negotiated by Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, Tsvangirai's MDC party and the MDC splinter group was finished in August.

The process was plagued by delays and violence at public meetings.

  • - 2012-10-03 11:30

    No surprises at all.

  • jcarnecky - 2012-10-03 11:39

    Hehe.. "You Must to give us 104m, You bloody imperialist Agents!"

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-03 11:44

    What surprise, especially since George Chiweshe served in ZANLA, Zanu-PF's military wing, and was appointed to the bench by none other than Robber Mugarbage himself. "Mugabe argued there was no money to hold the by-elections - which his party is almost certain to lose" Well ofcourse there's no money, you, your fat thieving wife and your Zanu-PF animals have stolen it all...

  • lightman.austin - 2012-10-03 11:45

    True african president, long live Mugabe

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-03 11:46

      By "true" I assume you mean "typical", and by "long live" I assume you mean "lived too long".

      catherineangelique.swarts - 2012-10-03 12:51

      where do u live? hopefully in his country!!!! - 2012-10-03 13:09

      I agree with lightman .. he is a true African President .. corrupt, dishonest, etc etc ..

  • Willie - 2012-10-03 11:57


  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-03 12:22

    Zimbobwe ....... The african way.

  • catherineangelique.swarts - 2012-10-03 12:49

    the only poll he needs is one up his ass. maybe two by his nostrils too. bloody rubbish!

  • - 2012-10-03 13:07

    Of course the court grants him what he likes, he is the court.

  • richardnealejohn.underwood - 2012-10-03 13:20

    that's Africa. For the 104m check Mac Grabbie's back pocket (Isnt that the price of a loaf of bread up there ) It as to be in there along with the rest of Rhodesia's wealth .

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