Zimbabwe seeks $104m for referendum

2012-10-03 07:39

Harare - Cash-strapped Zimbabwe's electoral commission on Tuesday said it needs $104m to organise a referendum on a new constitution that would pave way for a vote on a successor to the country's shaky coalition government.

No referendum date has been set yet, but long-time President Robert Mugabe said he wants to hold it next month. However, the election body said it needs six weeks to make arrangements for the vote.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission chief Joyce Kazembe said the election body was ready to hold a referendum if funds were made available.

In a court filing last week, Mugabe set out plans for the popular votes to be held in the next six months, listing a "referendum, expected to take place during the first week of November".

Zimbabwe is expected to hold new elections sometime next year, the first since a presidential run-off election in 2008 marred by violence.

The tense aftermath of the election forced Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai to form a power-sharing government in 2009 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.

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

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

  • jacob.zooma.9 - 2012-10-03 07:53

    I got your back Rob.

      gift.mushi.9 - 2012-10-03 13:10

      Waste of money. They should just allow Robert to continue until God take him.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-03 07:59

    Rob has way more than that in his offshore accounts, seek from him

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-03 08:12


  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-03 08:15

    The begging bowls are out again.

      rontheogre - 2012-10-03 09:33

      Jip, the "greatest man in Africa" is doing that which he is greatest at. Give him a placard which states "Have family of 6 million to feed and can't afford to do so as I am saving up for retirement,no small change accepted,only $1 million and up, GOD bless you" and park him at a traffic light in Jhb.

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-10-03 08:20

    They are nothing more, nothing less than beggars. All you ever hear from this pathetic lot is please give us... food, money, medicine...... And yet they nationalise most of the industry and farms. Juliars must visit them more often that he and his buddies can see how well it works

      stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-03 08:46

      Nationalisation will work very well for them, but not for the poor.

  • hellodanie - 2012-10-03 08:29

    Ek hoop nie my taxgeld gaan na hierdie klomp skelms toe nie.

  • stephen.scott.376043 - 2012-10-03 08:43

    Mugabe should pay it out of his personal stolen wealth.

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-10-03 08:51

    Sorry Zim. My wallet is in my other pants.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-03 08:52

    Yeah right, Mugarbage needs a holiday and Disgrace needs to do some SHOPPING !!

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-03 09:13

    If our government gives money to this idiot, I'll... um, I'll... wait, I'm thinking... Ag, I know what I'll do. 100% of nothing. Just, like most other South Africans, vent. Kinda like throwing my toys out of the cot, or trying to debate with 'Nancy'.

  • lisa.a.bradshaw - 2012-10-03 09:27

    More money to fund a half baked coalition...what a joke...Mugabe should show good will and fund the election!!!

  • Harald - 2012-10-03 09:45

    Send BOB Juju... that'll kill 2 birds with one stone... We will be rid of Juju, and Juju will solve all Bobs problems!! yay!! Morons...

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-03 09:49

    Bwahahaha! Is that how much it costs to hold a fake election these days? Maybe the cost of intimidating & beating and killing some voters has gone up since last time? O and then the bribes that need to be paid too. That doesnt leave much to steal though? Maybe they should re-work the budget.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-03 10:00

    African mentality...

  • Cameron - 2012-10-03 10:38

    Come you Zimbabwe lovers and trolls? Where u guys now?i thought that Zims was flourishing?

  • bob.slap.5 - 2012-10-03 10:51

    maybe he has seen the light and wants to change his ways

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-03 11:16


  • emillangeveld - 2012-10-03 11:44

    I'm sure old Bob can borrow the money from JuJu. After all, according to my calculations, 104 000 000 Zim dollars is the equivalent of a little less than R2.5 mill. Surely 'ol Bob is not talking US Dollars ???

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-03 11:44

    N$ 60,000,000 for Rob and N$ 40,000,0000. for Tsvangarai,in their personal accounts please.

  • JohnDough - 2012-10-03 11:48

    $4m for the election and $100m for MUGabe, a simple bullet would be way cheaper and more effective.

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-03 13:29

    We all know that it will actually cost 104 million ZIM dollars which will amount to about .000000000001 percent of the 104 US and the other portion will probably go to ROBthecountry and Disgrace Mugabe

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-03 16:37

    I know where they will find the money...just south of the Limpopo. (another never pay back loan!)

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