Zanu PF’s two coalition government partners yesterday poured cold water on calls by the former sole ruling party to dissolve Parliament and hold fresh elections next year.
MDC and MDC –T described the call as typical Zanu PF “empty bravado” which would come to naught.
Wrapping up its five-day national indaba in Bulawayo over the weekend, Zanu PF resolved to terminate its marriage with the two MDC formations and push for general elections early next year.
But, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora described the resolutions as “a typical damp squib”.
“There was nothing new that came out of that conference. It was the usual bravado and rhetoric.
“Only at the beginning of this year, Zanu PF, having come out of a similar conference, vowed that elections would take place at the beginning of this year, only for that bravado to melt under the heat of reality.
“Therefore, Zimbabwe cannot take seriously enough the resolution from that conference,” he said.
At its conference in Mutare last year, Zanu PF resolved that elections must be held in 2011 without fail.
President Robert Mugabe soon after the conference admitted that the elections were not feasible as many things demanded in the Global Political Agreement were yet to be fulfilled.
“For us in the MDC, it afforded us the opportunity to diagnose Zanu PF and we have no doubt that Morgan Tsvangirai will thump (President) Mugabe in the election should he insist on standing,” Mwonzora said.
MDC organising secretary Qhubani Moyo said his party’s position on the elections had always been clear.
“We need to address all the hitches before elections are held and these are electoral laws, constitution, a partisan security sector and the abuse of State institutions by Zanu PF,” he said.
“We are clear that Zanu PF should attend to these issues before we can go for elections,” he said.
“The constitution-making process is going on well although Zanu PF tries to sabotage it here and there.”
He said judging from the way the process was being conducted, a referendum was only possible in September next year and a credible election could be held in 2013.