Zanu PF reluctant to kick-start electoral process – Makone

HOME Affairs co-minister Theresa Makone has made sensational allegations against Zanu PF saying the party was reluctant to release money realised from diamond sales to kick-start the electoral process as it claims to have already registered its supporters as voters, meaning those aspiring to do so now are from other parties, MDC-T in particular.

Report by Everson Mushava

Zimbabwe is preparing to go for elections later this year to end the four-year-old fragile inclusive government between President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party and the two MDCs led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube.

Voter registration was supposed to begin early this month, but hangs in the balance owing to unavailability of funds. Tsvangirai, who is facilitating the electoral process, has assured money will be released as soon as the budgets are approved.

Makone, who is acting Finance minister, said she had tried to get money from the Ministry of Mines for the electoral process without success, alleging this was because Zanu PF wanted to frustrate the voter registration process as an election strategy because it had already registered its supporters for voting.

“Anyone who registers now is regarded as an MDC-T supporter,” Makone said at her home in Domboshava on Saturday while addressing MDC-T activists on bail for the alleged murder of a police officer Petros Mutedza in Glen View, Harare, in May 2011.

“At its just-ended National People’s Conference in Gweru in December last year, Zanu PF claimed it had registered one million new voters. This is a huge number, enough to secure someone an electoral victory. It would look to us that they are saying we no longer need any new registration,” Makone said.

But in an interview with NewsDay yesterday, Zanu PF secretary for administration hit back saying his party had nothing to do with the release of funds which fell under the armpit of MDC-T.

“Where were they when Zanu PF registered its supporters as voters?” Mutasa charged.

“Did anyone prevent them from registering their supporters? You can tell her (Makone) to think properly. It is Biti (Tendai Biti – Finance minister) who should release funds, and he is MDC-T, not Mpofu (Obert – Mines minister). The MDC-T should leave Mpofu alone.”

Mutasa added: “It’s money that we need to do voter registration which Biti has failed to avail, not minerals. How does Mpofu come in? Since when have minerals been used to register voters? Makone should think straight.”

Makone also said Zanu PF’s refusal to release diamond funds was a delaying tactic because Mugabe’s party wanted elections to be held after the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly to be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia, when the world focus would have shifted off Zimbabwe. She said Zanu PF was planning to use violence to win the next elections.

“That is why they are delaying the constitution-making process. It is clear they want elections after the tourism conference. But we will not allow that. We want elections now, even if it means to go to polls before security sector reforms.”

She said the MDC-T was ready to go for polls now and would win in a free and fair election even without campaigning.

“I know security sector reforms will not happen now. We can shriek, do whatever, but it will not happen now. Only new governments can institute reforms.

“So for now, we can only hope for a violent-free election before the tourism event,” she said.

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17 Comments

  1. But why is the diamond money in zanuPF’s hands if I may ask? Are these diamonds for the country or for ZanuPF, if they are for the country then Tendai Biti should be able to account for every cent realised from the sales of diamonds. If they are for zanupf then Makone has no right to ask zanupf to release their money into the national electoral system.

    1. What do you think wamromo??

  2. More confusion is yet to come. We were told one of the Principals, one Morgan Richard was in charge and had been assured by one of his ministers Tendai that the funds were there and will be released, so what is this new spin Theresa?

  3. Gukurahundis don’t want divolution because they may have to share control of Diamond resources with the Manicaland Provincial Government.

  4. You MDC-T people are not serious.What is stopping you from registering your own supporters?We are tired of your cry baby antics and I think you lack political strategists within your ranks.Wake up and start doing something rather than crying all the time and shifting the blame of your ineptitude on others.ZANU PF is busy doing something, giving people inputs, economically empowering the indigenous people and selling their ideology to all and sundry while you are busy demonising them and condemning everything.You are digging your own political grave.Ndakubhuyirai. Take my advice or condemn it as usual but chati homu chareva.

  5. Ho! Nhai? Saka ndovhamaifambira door to door muchitora mazita edu kuti muti register se mavoters enyu? Zvino makapusa nokuti kumanikidzwa kuita zvandisingadi ndakaramba kare. Remember mubox ndinopinda ndoga ndichinyora ndoga zvandinoda. If registering is voting, then you have won it but if it is not, you have done a lot of work for others as well who will laugh all the way to election victory.

  6. mdc-t ngairegiste vatsigiri vayo sezvakaita zanu pf pasina kublema vamwe vanhu. Mdc-t is failing their people, simple.

  7. Mdc T kana yabeatwa tactics ne zanu pf munoridza mhere. Kana zvirikwenyu moti vachembera. U wl be shocked zanu ichiwina mozoti mabiridzirwa. Too much noise vana.

    1. Bernard, registering is not voting- big difference.

      Zanu’s biggest downfall is BMS (Bhora Musango Strategy), not MDCs. If the opposition were to sit back and allow Zanu to register voters, Zanu would still lose! That’s how bad it is comrade, inonzi BMS, remember the three letters.

  8. Only last week mai Makone was saying the money was there for voter registration and she was going to authorise its release by the finance ministry officials. Now she tells us she needs to get the money from the Ministry of Mines, isn’t that laughable? First Tsvangirai pledges and fails to deliver then his minister promises and once again fails to deliver. Mai Makone clearly said Biti had assured her that the money is there and given her instructions to authorise its release.

    This is where our journalists let us down. Makone should have been put on her defence following her promise last week. She never mentioned the need to approach the ministry of mines for this money. We need to hold our government ministers to account and not this circus being perpetrated by Tsvangirai and Makone regarding funds for voter registration. It is now clear that MDC-T want to get credit for things that go rught and blame Zanu PF for all that goes wrong in this GNU. With all the successes being scored on indigenisation very soon MDC-T will be claiming credit even though they are on record attacking the policy.

    We all thought that we had a government but it turns out that we only have political parties pretending to be in government. For all intends and purposes Zanu PF is the government while the other two parties are just free loading pretending to be cabinet ministers. Why else would Makone accuse Zanu PF of refusing to release diamond money if they were in the same government? This is MDC-T ministers treating Zimbabweans like idiots.

  9. @dzvinyaaaaa why accusing MDC T ministers mari ya=ema diamonds irkubatwa ne zanu pf thats why waubvunza kuna king of matebeleland . why awa kuzvita king. food for thought

  10. @wamromo don’t talk like someone who has drunk mukwava. You talk as if you don’t know who controls the army, its Mugabe and his army who are running those diamond mines and have also invited their chinese friends to do the mining too. These idiots are remitting very little money to treasury does that need a rocket scientist to explain. Obert Mpofu has grown a thick neck and richies over night from diamonds then you take us Zimbabweans for granted. If you Mpofu don’t remit diamond money to treasury where do think Biti will get it the from. Don’t worry you Zanu pf fools time will come when every one of you will be audited and account for every cent you will have abused. To those who are stealing and hiding our wealth in other countries, we will follow you to the end of the world, arrest, trail and put you under lock and key for your safety. Realese diamond money now you morons.

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