GPA negotiators submit poll roadmap to principals

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Negotiators of the shaky inclusive government on Thursday concluded deliberations on a roadmap expected to lead to free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.

One of the negotiators, MDC’s Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, confirmed the development and said the negotiators would forward their recommendations to their principals.

“We have concluded and we will be sending the copies to the principals,” she said.

The principals, Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and MDC’s Welshman Ncube (as ruled by the High Court), are expected to go through the report and also give their input.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga said after the principals go through the report, the negotiators would meet South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team to apprise them of developments.

The Sadc Troika on Politics, Defence and Security ordered the parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to come up with a roadmap that would lead to an undisputable election in Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe was, however, against the roadmap, insisting the GPA was a roadmap in itself, but the two MDCs wanted a roadmap with signposts and timelines.

Among the agreed positions on the roadmap is that the constitution-making exercise must be completed and a referendum held before elections are conducted.

They also agreed media reforms should be carried out to ensure the state media stopped demonising other players in the inclusive government while the private media should also be impartial.