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Zimbabwe's Unity Government Partners Agree Elections Not Possible This Year

Zimbabwe's Unity Government Partners Agree Elections Not Possible This Year

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Edwin Mushoriwa, a negotiator for the Welshman Ncube-led MDC formation, 
added that it will suicidal for Mr. Mugabe to call snap elections, as he did 
in 2008 and as some still fear he may do at some point this year

Blessing Zulu, Thabang Mathebula & Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington & Bulawayo 
22 April 2011

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a negotiator for the Movement for Democratic 
Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said that he and all 
of his fellow unity government party negotiators agree that elections are 
not possible this year

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party are preparing to 
roll back on their demand that new elections be organized this year amid 
growing pressure from within and outside the country, sources close to 
intra-government talks said Friday.

The Southern African Development Community and its mediator in Harare, South 
African President Jacob Zuma, have signaled that they won’t bless a snap 
election unless all signatories to the 2008 Global Political Agreement agree 
on the proposed date.

Negotiators for the three unity government parties - including ZANU-PF - 
delivered the final blow to hopes among ZANU-PF hardliners pressing for 
elections this year. The negotiators concluded that elections can only be 
held next year at the earliest.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said it lacks the means to run 2001 
elections, noting that its funding is insufficient and its staff needs 
additional training. The Electoral Commission was reconstituted in 2010, 
replacing its discredited predecessor whose handling of 2008 election 
results drew international condemnation.

Asked about the possible election date, Lindiwe Zulu, an adviser to Mr. 
Zuma, said this will largely be determined by the road map negotiators have 
sent to their principals.

ZANU-PF Chairman Simon Khaya Moyo referred all questions to the party’s 
negotiators but hinted that the party is backpedaling from its earlier call 
for 2011 elections.

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma, a negotiator for the Movement for Democratic 
Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said that he and all 
of his fellow unity government party negotiators agree that elections are 
not possible this year.

Edwin Mushoriwa, a negotiator for the Welshman Ncube-led MDC formation, 
added that it will suicidal for Mr. Mugabe to call snap elections, as some 
fear he still may.

Elsewhere, street battles and rock-throwing brought the Bulawayo provincial 
elections for the Tsvangirai MDC formation to a premature end on Friday.

Dozens of youths backing the rival candidacies of Senator Matson Hlalo and 
State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo, formerly a senior aide to Prime 
Minister Tsvangirai, escalated their differences into a street fight in the 
Matabeleland capital pelting each other with stones, smashing cars and 
fighting each other in the city center, correspondent Thabang Mathebula 
reported from Bulawayo.

Commenting, political analyst Effie Dlela Ncube said it is time for Mr. 
Tsvangirai to show leadership and stop the violence and bitter wrangling 
within his party which has seen a number of such incidents on its way to a 
May congress to ready for elections.

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