Political parties gang up against Zec

HARARE - Opposition political parties who have been in recent months watching angry Zimbabweans stage protests over the country’s deepening economic situation, yesterday met to finalise plans to hold a mega demonstration against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) in a bid to force reforms ahead of the 2018 elections.

The political parties numbering 18 — met in the capital under the auspices of the National Election Reform Agenda (Nera) and the Coalition of Democrats (Code) — to map up the strategy for Friday’s demonstration.

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai was the notable absentee from the heavyweights who converged in the capital yesterday.

“After this demonstration we shall come together as political groups and work out the modus operandi in future, we are quite agreeable in wanting to meet as a group, one single post, which will control the opposition activities in this country,”  Nera convener, Didymus Mutasa, told journalists after the meeting.

“Zec and those who work for it should be more independent than they are at the moment. They are still under the ministry of Justice and what they do is as done by the minister of Justice through justice (Rita) Makarau who holds two positions.”

The parties want Zec to implement a biometric voters’ roll, clean the voters’ roll and be run by independent officers who are not appointed at the behest of President Robert Mugabe.

Opposition parties accuse Zec of being sympathetic to Zanu PF but it has rejected that claim.

In 2008, Zec was accused of massive ballot manipulation after it failed to release the presidential results for six weeks — in which Mugabe lost to Tsvangirai who failed to get enough votes to oust the nonagenarian.

Friday’s demonstration comes as Mugabe, in power for 36 years, is facing growing resistance to his rule which ordinary Zimbabweans say has brought catastrophic results to the country.

Angry citizens have been holding demonstrations to try and force the only president Zimbabwe has had since independence, to quit office.

The opposition parties are under pressure from the restive Zimbabweans to form a coalition against Mugabe and Zanu PF.

Yesterday, the parties said negotiations were underway.

The principals said the meeting was the beginning of a good relationship between parties which would shape the grand coalition of the opposition.

“There is nothing hindering the coalition except people’s minds which are closed that in numbers there is strength and that in unity there’s strength, and that is very appropriate” Mutasa said

Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe leader Barbara Nyagomo said yesterday’s meeting had set the tone for a coalition.

“The general consensus among the principals was that this is what Zimbabweans want. It’s not about political leaders’ egos; it’s about what is right for Zimbabwe. After the march a date will be set again to start the unity process, this is the beginning of a relationship,” Nyagomo said.

Comments (6)

This is what we expect from leaders with people at heart. A new zimbabwe is definitely coming.

A new zimbabwe is close - 24 August 2016

A coalition is the only feasible way to go at the moment. It's urgent that we combine forces to remove the current totalitarian kleptocracy. Once the system is gone it would be easier to remove undesirable political players. The coalition must be led by the ailing Tsvangirai for the moment. He seems to be a popular figure!

Loben Gula - 24 August 2016

The opposition is officially dead, it has been infiltrated by Diesel from the Rocks aka son of bob and friend to North Korea and his PF lackeys. These PF guys are Trojan horse, Mugabe knows Zanu will not survive when he dies and so he needed to prepare a new home for his lieutenants. That is why nothing has happened to the people leading PF or their assets. Look at Zambia, Kenya, Malawi all their so called liberation parties lost power & became obsolete but the personalities from those same parties responsible for much carnage and poverty morph into 'democrats' and come back into power under a different party name.

Galore - 24 August 2016

Coalition is just an easy sell in the short-term, but in the medium to long term it is bound to collapse. The opposition leaders themselves are power hungry, once in power they will want to have more of it. Their goal and agenda will be backstabbing and chaos, and less commitment to bringing about economic change.

EconomicSense - 24 August 2016

If only one opposition political will advocate for the implementation of particular economic strategies apart from regime change. Even if their idea is stolen and implemented, the electorate will not be dull or blind to see that the source of the economic remedies have indeed stemmed from the opposition.

EconomicSense - 24 August 2016

Watch out before joining these coalitions!!Didymus Mutasa & ZPF is a re-incarnation of ZANU PF coz they have never apologised for their looting,abductions & murder while still working for ZANU PF.Why should we trust them now?They want a way to go back into government to loot & kill again since they have never worked a real job in their life except being ZANU PF chefs.

Billy - 24 August 2016

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