Zimbabwe is not likely to hold elections this year as South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team believes conditions in the country are not yet ripe for a free and fair election.
Zuma is the Sadc appointed mediator to the Zimbabwe crisis.
His facilitation team arrived in the country on Tuesday and held meetings with Jomic, tasked with monitoring the GPA, which gave birth to the inclusive government.
The team is also meeting political parties and other stakeholders as it prepares a roadmap for elections.
“What is clear from what they (the team) are saying is that the timeline for elections will be determined by the amount of work we put into ensuring that the environment is conducive for an undisputed election, and this includes fulfilling the GPA,” said a source who attended the meetings.
“They are also concerned that some organs which are critical for holding elections are either not fully functioning or not adequately resourced. For example, the Human Rights Commission, is not yet legally constituted and does not have offices to work from while ZEC is not adequately funded.
“Being negotiators, they are not very firm. They are accommodative and want to hear all the sides so that they come up with a roadmap that will be acceptable to everyone.
“They are however emphasising that they do not want an election which will be disputed and cause the country to slide back into turmoil.
They want the next elections to end the political problems that have dogged the country for years, and they are letting everyone know their position.”
Early this month, the facilitation met Copac and ZEC officials to get an update on the constitution-making exercise and ZEC’s preparedness for elections.
The team met MDC negotiators yesterday afternoon and will meet MDC-T negotiators Friday.
MDC-T spokesman Nelson Chamisa said, other than discussing the election roadmap, his party would bring to the attention of the facilitation team the recent upsurge of political violence which, he said, was getting out of control. He said the violence had been targeted against his party supporters.