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Makoni salutes Sadc

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Losing 2008 presidential candidate and leader of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party Simba Makoni believes Sadc’s resolution to set conditions for holding free and fair elections in Zimbabwe will enhance his chances in the next polls.

Makoni, who garnered 8% of the vote, said the move would reign in Zanu PF which he said was pushing for elections without paying attention to the prevailing uneven political playing field.

“This move is welcome because it goes a long way in reigning in those pushing for elections without paying attention to the political environment,” said MKD in a statement.

“This is a position which Zanu PF has been pushing for, even before the constitution- making process has been finalised.”

“A reading of the Sadc communiqué shows a very usual clarity, but we are so surprised that the parties which attended the summit have decided, for one reason or the other, to deduce their subjective and partisan meaning to the otherwise simple document,” the statement said.

The party said it was disappointed that both Zanu PF and the MDC-T were trying to mislead the nation on what exactly transpired in Sandton.

There has been a war of words between Zanu PF and MDC-T over what exactly happened. Zanu PF has been arguing that resolutions of the Troika summit were thrown away while the MDC-T maintains that they were endorsed.

MKD said the two summits would go a long way in coming up with credible free and fair elections.

“While there is much that is still to be done, the two meetings, in Livingstone and Sandton are very important milestones on the long journey towards creating an environment that will see Zimbabwe working again,” said the party.

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