Zimbabwe needs election aid

2012-12-21 20:36

Harare - Zimbabwe cannot afford to hold elections next year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said on Friday, and appealed to the international community for aid.

"The biggest challenge is funding the elections and the referendum. It is clear that our resources are not going to be enough," said Biti. "... The international community has to come in for assistance."

Biti, from the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said diamond revenues were still not reaching state coffers, amid allegations that the military is funnelling cash to its own pockets and that of President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

A referendum on a new constitution was meant to take place this year but never materialized. The southern African nation is also to hold general elections in 2013, which should put an end to the fragile coalition government between the MDC and Zanu-PF, in place since 2009.

Neighbouring governments pushed the two parties into the deal after the 2008 elections were tainted by violence, mainly targeting the MDC.

The regional power wants a new constitution passed before elections are held, but Mugabe has threatened to hold polls under the current laws, which opposition groups say favour the 88-year-old's grip on power.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-12-21 20:53

    couple of years ago bob was telling the west off , to leave zim alone but they will take the money though , if you listen to bob he will lead you to believe that zim is prospering yet they cannot afford an election , can people now see his lies .

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-22 01:22

      Needs food aid, aid with medicines, aid to revive the economy, needed aid to buy text-books for the children and now aid to run an election. So much for the success that Malema was singing about.

      jonathancfarrell - 2012-12-22 16:36

      Listen to you... "The international community has to come in for assistance." LOLOL note on "has to" - Are you f*cking kidding me Biti?

      heathway.master - 2012-12-22 17:49

      What is wrong with holding an election on a shoe string. Who cares how much politicians think they need to spin their lies and propaganda. Cheap cardboard boxes and cheap black and white voting forms, all set up under trees will be all people need to vote. Up yours, corrupt, disgusting, Zimbabwe politicians.

  • donald.perumal - 2012-12-21 21:09

    Hi All Speak to Floyd Shivambo,ex ANCYL he will show you how this model african state ........

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-21 21:13

    Why bother with elections? They don't respect the outcome anyway and just carry on as before.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-21 21:24

    This is what the ANCYL wants and what the ANC will eventually do to S.A

  • sbusiso.kubheka.3 - 2012-12-21 21:54

    Their Chinese friends should help them. South Africa shouldn't waste a cent on mugabe. We already accommodating half of zimbambweans here.

      michael.kleber.376 - 2012-12-23 08:14

      good point

      mzilikazi.khumalo.35 - 2012-12-23 12:30

      We must just help them remove the cANCer, mgarbage.

      FinalJustice - 2012-12-23 21:27

      The deal seems to be almost done, R100mil of SA's taxpayers' money to go ... See EWN report

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-12-21 22:00

    Sell the farms that you stole from the white Rhodesians to anyone stupid enough to want to live in Zimbabwe. Then steal the farms back again.

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-12-21 22:23

    My groot baas, kan ek asb eropese geld kry vir my volgende party?

  • terence.wessels - 2012-12-21 22:30

    LMFAO! We hate you imperialist pig dogs. Please can we have some money for elections? Bwahaha. Africa. Eish.

  • pieter0827006294 - 2012-12-21 23:19

    Let me get this straight? You want money to hold elections which you can rig to put Mugabe back in the pound seats? ....and you want the imperialistic scum to give you that money, am I right?

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-12-22 01:05

    And malema wanted the same for sa

  • Mario Bisogno - 2012-12-22 01:05

    Nationalise everything

  • tommo.too - 2012-12-22 02:23

    Sell the Mugabe palace. It could easily finance the whole thing...

      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:56

      Mugabe's wife can sell the clothes she bought in Europe. The takings should be enough for two elections. I can't believe the gall of these people.

  • markus.ippy - 2012-12-22 06:53

    Lets open the begging bowl then insult the evil donors .

  • mordikaai.speak - 2012-12-22 08:27

    As always leave us alone we can do and say as we please it is my money (my county). O but give us money we used ours to dis you now we have non. Will anything ever change?

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-12-22 08:28

    Stupid apes. Bite the hand that feeds you, then beg some more.

  • Joel Nyandoro - 2012-12-22 12:00

    Mugabe wins ppl's minds by cheating or wateva means, MDC hides wth a financial point of view.Mr MDC plz win ppl's hearts nd trust m u'll win th elections wthout even votes lk yo opponent!

  • Sandile Daweti - 2012-12-22 13:12

    lol @ Greame

  • hengu.willemse - 2012-12-22 18:10

    i'll just stay in power because i can not afford an election now. lol

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-22 22:29

    Tendai, get Mugabs to close his Swiss bank account. Therein is enough to hold ten elections and rebuild your evonomy, and whilst at it, close your Swiss account as well.

  • mutiraasi - 2012-12-22 22:42

    Like HELL you do....

  • tim.ngy.1 - 2012-12-23 07:15

    Stupid African people,y do we have big mouths for? And wanting to be independent while we can't even manage simple thing as that for more than 30.40,50 year after independence? SHAME ON US, the same western we insult should now come and help with fund!!!

  • mzilikazi.khumalo.35 - 2012-12-23 12:25

    Let Thabo sort the problem he created.

      henk63 - 2012-12-25 20:58

      Haha, silence will not help much here.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-12-23 21:43

    SA taxpayers now have to jump in and support the 'Mad Bob' regime once again, pathetic. Every economically active South African is probably feeding 25-30 lazy-ass morons!

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