Tsvangirai insists date not feasible

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday agreed that the date for the next election should be negotiated, according to the MDC-T.

Report by Everson Mushava

Principals in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) resolved that Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa should work with Constitutional Affairs minister Eric Matinenga to come up with timelines to guide them (Principals) in deciding the election date.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told NewsDay after the Principals’ Monday meeting that the MDC-T leader told Mugabe that elections by June 29 would not be feasible.

“Minister Chinamasa should work with Minister Matinenga in drawing a roadmap to elections,” Tamborinyoka said.

“Elections by June 29 are unworkable considering what needs to be done. The ministers will prepare timelines taking into account the legal requirements and the political reforms that need to be implemented before the Principals come up with the date for elections.”

Chinamasa last week said elections would be held by June 29, a point that was buttressed by Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba at the weekend.

But Tamborinyoka said: “It is not for one party to decide on the date of the next elections. All parties in the inclusive government should be involved.”

Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai also raised concern over the police clampdown on civic society organisations and MDC-T supporters and Mugabe promised to meet Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri to look into the issue.

“The conduct of the police dents the image of the country and affects the credibility of the next elections. The behaviour of the police is not inspiring any confidence at all,” Tamborinyoka said.

He said it was also agreed during the meeting that the Joint Monitoring Committee must be allowed to fulfil its mandate and ensure that all agreed GPA issues are implemented. The principals also agreed that the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commisson be allowed to do its work without interference.

35 Responses to Tsvangirai insists date not feasible

  1. Phunyukabemphethe March 26, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    !!Good PM, now you are falling in line we Bro Welshman Ncube’s well reasoned arguments. Dump the Gukurahundi and work with Ncube, you will keep your integrity intact that way.

    • mwana wemuprofit March 26, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      pfutseki mbwa yemunhu Phunyukabemphethe

      • Phunyukabemphethe March 26, 2013 at 10:45 am #

        Bakuthumile?

      • L. Makombe March 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

        When you run short of common sense you scold others. If you are correct why should be angry and if you are wrong admit it. Period. The words we speak regardless of to whom will be judged against us.

    • john ndebele March 26, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      When the President indicated that elections should be held March 2012 MDCs objected saying it was premature elections should be held in March 2013 when the President said elections before end of 2012 the MDCs again said no elections should be held in March 2013 again when he said March 2013 they shifted and said June 2013 now the President say June 2013 they want October at this rate we wont have elections. What timeline do they want they have been in Government for the past 5 years yet there are still not ready yet in 2009 they were calling for elections by 2010.

    • chief _justice March 27, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      @Phukunyu; I just wanna let you know this……….In Zimbabwe; in a game of 4 people – If there are 2 whites, one shona and one ndebele; we call it “Racism”. If there are 2 ndebeles, one white and one shona – that is called “Tribalism”. Buuuuut; if there are 2 shonas; one white and one ndebele, then that is what we call “Indeginization”. Wazvinzwa!!! MaNdebele munofarisa stereki, you forget where you came from – Zulu land with Shaka. Kana masvotwa, better pack your bags and go down Mzansi to Kwazulu Natal and meet most of your relatives there. No wonder why, we had to build Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital for the benefit of the insane Ndebeles while we built the University of Zimbabwe in Mashonaland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • muzezuru March 27, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Iwe Phukunyu; I just wanna let you know this……….In Zimbabwe; in a game of 4 people – If there are 2 whites, one shona and one ndebele; we call it “Racism”. If there are 2 ndebeles, one white and one shona – that is called “Tribalism”. Buuuuut; if there are 2 shonas; one white and one ndebele, then that is what we call “Indeginization”. Wazvinzwa!!! MaNdebele munofarisa stereki, you forget where you came from – Zulu land with Shaka. Kana masvotwa, better pack your bags and go down Mzansi to Kwazulu Natal and meet most of your relatives there. No wonder why, we had to build Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital for the benefit of the insane Ndebeles while we built the University of Zimbabwe in Mashonaland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mutasa Mudhidhimas March 26, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Vari kuda kuisa 29 June so as to remind and intimidate voters ne 27 June VaMugabe muoffice

  3. Sanator March 26, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Vajaira muna June mavanoda kuponda vanhu vachinokanda kuMt Darwin vozotanga kunyepa kuti vanhu vakaurayiwa muhondo. This time havalume.

    • KESH MADAMOMBE March 27, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      zvemwedzi hazvinei nekuponda vanhu. ngatitaurei zvino batika. Nekuti uchati muna October vanhu vongopondwa. We should just romove the structures of violence.

  4. Assylum March 26, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    Zanu does’nt have enough Support 2 win elections. It wants 2 rush 4 elections b4 its rigging tactics ar discovered.

  5. Simba March 26, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    lets get this done and over with,someone is developing cold feet chii ?we want to move forward

  6. Dracular March 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Tsvangison tell Tambolinyoka the truth, he is now mis-informing the the nation.

  7. joseph March 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    We know the MDC position on elections. They have been very clear and consistent. But I just wonder if they have a contigency plan should Mugabe stick to his guns. The MDC have this fatal tendency of acquiescing to Mugabe’s every stubborn stand that he has taken during the life of the GNU. Perhaps they are too eager for elections. Please PM Tsvangirai, be very,very careful.

  8. joseph March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Fat chance. “Mugabe promised to look into the issue.” Mr Tamborinyoka, do you seriously believe this? How naive can you be!

  9. We de mbare March 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Unoziva munhu asingafunge akanhonga $5 along first street he will spend the whole month walking along the same route hoping for better luck!!

  10. tmsmooth March 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    Lets vote and get this behind us.Chiiko kuita kunge vana vekuHigh school varikutya Final Exam?

  11. Mwanavevhu March 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    maelections munaJune ndizvo. ZANU PF iri kuzohwina zvine mutsindo.

    • general gamba March 27, 2013 at 10:28 am #

      Wakadhakwa

  12. Lt General March 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Tswangirai and his MDC are getting too comfortable in their Government titles. We want to move on with Zimbabwe we’ve been stuck in this inclusive garbage way too long we can’t and we wont extend. Play time is over – takakunyarai zwikakwana #29June#

  13. KGWATHI March 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    The real issue is that Mugabe will never desist from violence and intimidation to win elections. The MDC formations have failed to push Zanu to respect the laws of the country so that elections will be free and fair. Let elections be held by 29 june with zanu pf as the only horse contesting itself. No ways zimbabwe will surely be saved by the grave.

  14. Gazebo March 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Vajaira June kti ndomavakaponda vanhu muna2008.one party cnt decide on wt to do.chinamarga ndiani panyaya yemadates.ngaanyarare uko.pfutseki.

  15. Simba March 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    The politicians had become so comfortable in the unity government. I wish Zimbabwe will one day have a political party with leaders that genuinely care about the electrotate. Zimbabwe is filled with some of the most corrupt and insensitive politicians from across the political divide who regard politics as a means to accumulate wealth. We have suffered enough. Zanupf, MDCs matikuvadza.

  16. head line March 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    What elections? Media reforms,security sector re allignment and voter registration first.We don’t want a shame election here.

  17. Brian Chikwati March 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    June makes a history and a big reminder in the reading by ZANU.

  18. Caiphas shamme March 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Amudi kuudziwa chokwadi, whats all this spammer issue about. Kana Baba Tandire ndotaura moti ndiri spammer.

  19. Ilizwe March 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Let us proceed into the june poles chii chirikunakidza muinclusive gorvenment.

  20. Mupengo March 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

    The issue here is not on the dates. Kana zanu ikango bvuma kuita zvese zviri muGPA no issue, we can have elections 2moro. Dont be fooled into a false sense of security with the vote yereferendum that is exactly what zanu wanted dont think they will seat back and relax pamaharmonized elections and allow you to vote them out easily. As long as they are not willing to respect the GPA and implement it fully there will no free and fair elections in Zimbabwe. That is why the MDC is adamant on a later date. Kumhanya handiko kusvika.

  21. Dexter Chakurira March 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Truth is Mugabe does not respect anyone. Be it inclusive government, the costitution or the will of the people. Whatever will keep him in power for another 10 years that he will do. I wonder where Tsvangirayi gets the confidence he can negotiate with Mugabe

  22. wilbert savanhu March 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    i think 29 june is okay bcoz this guys are too comfortable with the unity govement now its time to move on we need a one govement

  23. TeeCee March 27, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    29-June VaMugabe muhofisi, wochizoteerera unzwe kutonga, …

    • general gamba March 27, 2013 at 10:30 am #

      wakakwana here iwe?

  24. Chamatama March 27, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    All reforms first then elections wthout tht no to unworthy elections we want sumthng credible.

  25. n'anga March 27, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    unongotaura zvegukurahundi always nepazvisinga pindi uchatibhowa benzi

  26. JAGNOS NYATI March 27, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    ini rangu bato rakatohwinha kare

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