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Tsvangirai must be president — DPM


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been warned to guard against falling into a Zanu PF trap by agreeing to hold elections next year before all the necessary reforms have been put in place.
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said if the premier rushed into participating in elections, results could be manipulated.
Zanu PF and MDC-T are anxious to go for polls next year to decide once and for all who rules the roost.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mutambara, who is also the leader of the smaller faction of the MDC, said if free and fair elections were to be held anytime soon, Tsvangirai would win hands down.
Mutambara said what was therefore important was to ensure the playing field was level and that there would be no chances of rigging the elections.
“We know that Tsvangirai won the last two elections but he is still not in power.
“Why then rush into an election? After the March 2000 and subsequent elections the MDC-T said they were robbed. If they rush into a fraudulent election they will be robbed again,” said Mutambara.
“Tsvangirai must be the President. (President) Mugabe must be the Prime Minister. ”But that has not happened. There will be no peace-keepers when the elections are held and the best peace-keeper is the electoral reforms that we are implementing as an inclusive government.”
Mutambara said given that President Mugabe remained at the helm of the state despite losing the 2008 election must be a sure indication that reforms being carried out by the coalition should be thorough.
“As things stand, the loser is the leader. If we do not have the reforms in place Zanu PF would make sure that (President) Mugabe will win the next polls,” said Mutambara.
He, however, said the wobbly inclusive government was the price Zimbabweans were paying for peace to prevail, adding that the two MDC formations should be applauded for putting the interests of the country first ahead of their political ambitions. “Compromise is a virtue. We are doing this in the national interest.
”The MDC formations must be given credit as they have brought about peace and tranquillity to the people of Zimbabwe,” Mutambara said.
He said people should not think that he was afraid of elections but what he wants is what is best for the country.
Mutambara said Zimbabwe needs to have in place a clean electronic voters roll before the next general election is held to eliminate cases of multiple entries and weed out ghost voters.
Zimbabwe Election Support Network director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava recently told NewsDay that the country would need at least 18 to 36 months to put in place a proper voters roll that would pave the way for free and fair elections.
The voters roll has been a contentious issue between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations who are part of the inclusive government.
Zec is one of several commissions that the inclusive government established to reshape and democratise the country’s politics that has been characterised by violence and gross human rights abuses.

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