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Election dates divide Zanu PF

TWO camps have emerged within Zanu PF, with one opposed to the holding of elections this year, while the other prefers polls in June, The Standard has learnt.

BY PATRICE MAKOVA

Despite Zanu PF’s public posturing that elections should be held as soon as possible, sources said most senior officials holding positions in government and MPs, were against the holding of elections this year.

But Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa yesterday dismissed reports that the party was not ready for elections saying those were views of a few individual members.

A politburo member said all was not well, as most party officials were of the view that Zanu PF was not yet prepared for elections and wanted them postponed even to next year.

The Zanu PF official said some of the party gurus were afraid that if elections were held soon and in the event that President Robert Mugabe won, they would not be accommodated in the future government.
“Some of the officials against elections are cabinet ministers. They want the current GNU set up to be extended, so that they can continue looting. Some have been implicated in corrupt deals,” said the politburo member.

“Others know elections will spell the end of their political careers and they will do anything to have them postponed.”

The politburo member said officials against early elections were already lobbying Mugabe and other members of the presidium, warning them that early polls would spell disaster for the party.

But officials opposed to early elections were said to be facing serious opposition, mostly from the party’s so-called “Young Turks”, who are itching to take over from the old generation.

Another senior official and MP said the Young Turks were confident that whether Zanu PF won or lost the next elections, they would be well-positioned to take up senior leadership positions in the party.
“The Young Turks and a few others are arguing that there will be a constitutional crisis if elections are postponed beyond September this year,” said the MP.

“On the other hand, those against elections argue that a crisis will be avoided if the two MDCs agree to the plan and another constitutional amendment is done.”

However, the official said it would be up to Mugabe to decide which side to take, but it was likely that he would take the side of those wanting elections this year.

Zanu PF at its annual national people’s conference held in Gweru last month resolved that Mugabe should dissolve Parliament and proclaim a date for the elections if the constitution-making process was not concluded by last Christmas.

But the cabinet and parliamentary committee tasked with breaking the impasse on constitution-making has since failed to meet the deadline and there are no signs that Mugabe would unilaterally call for elections.

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9 Responses to Election dates divide Zanu PF

  1. Mukurunge Nyarudo January 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    It is a fact that whenever the elections are held, MDC will be history. Beji beji!

  2. TK January 20, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Reforms first but even without reforms, ndivanani vane mashawi ekuda kudzoka ku gehena 2007-8 era under chief commander without heart.

  3. john ndebele January 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    The problem with an analysis that does not foresee elections being held this year is that such analysis is never based on fact but wishful thinking. It is common knowledge and an indisputable fact that the legal tenure of the GPA ends in June 2013 and further it is common cause that the high court issued a consent judgement to the effect that the disputed by elections would be held together with national election by March 2013. The sources remain unnamed invisible and insignificant.

    • Gamba Rakabatamwana January 27, 2013 at 11:48 am #

      But we are only having the referendum at the end of March 2013 so may be it will be combined with the national elections, at least according to your visible sources whoi have said elections should be held then. I wonder if GPA was done by us what can stop the same people from having GPA 2, just a thought then Zanu would have the by-elections to gauge the mood of people. If the mood is wrong you know what will follow in the actual elections.

  4. murosvesi January 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    i see zanu pf is on its way out…. tichamasuwa madhara aya because some of the issues they represent are really true….lets face it , its because of zanupf that most of us have now realised we are masters of our own destiny…. its unfortunate they wont be able to win the next elections

  5. base January 27, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    mdidi yenu mashona wotuve

  6. tk January 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    ZANU’PF’ ndizvo uye iripanyanga big time, musazvirevere nhema machindarume and machindakadzi. Mirai zvenyu muone. Vamwe muchazvisungirira.

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