Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa disputed claims that the party wanted elections after the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) meeting.
He said the meeting had no effect on the forthcoming polls and that Zanu PF wanted elections as soon as there was a new constitution.
“The new constitution has not been finalised. How do [MDC-T] expect the President to proclaim the dates for the elections,” said Mutasa. “It is actually the MDCs that are delaying the constitution-making process, ask [Justice minister Patrick] Chinamasa, he will tell you.”
He also dismissed claims that Zanu PF wanted to use violence to “win” the elections. “It is the MDC that is violent. According to police reports, MDC performed more violence than any other [party] in 2008.”
Deputy-minister of Justice Obert Gutu, who is also MDC-T Harare provincial spokesperson, was sceptical that outstanding issues would be agreed upon before elections.
“I am extremely doubtful that this will happen,” said Gutu. “Maybe Zanu PF will see wisdom in abandoning the absurd amendments to the draft constitution that they are presently demanding.”