Opposition urged to boycott polls

OPPOSITION parties in Zimbabwe need to create a crisis that will result in international intervention to come up with conditions for a free and fair election, a leading academic has said.


Speaking at a public debate hosted by the Southern African Political and Economic Series Trust on Thursday, Tony Reeler, an academic with the Research and Advocacy Unit warned that Zimbabwe would likely descend into chaos whatever the result of the presidential election.

“The broader playing field is extremely worrying. It requires security sector containment. The military must be brought under civilian control.

“Traditional leaders have already declared their allegiance. There must be a clear way in which their influence is contained. There is need for comprehensive monitoring, and we suggest we must set-up a multi-party co-operative monitoring process that watches what the military and the traditional leaders do. We do not only demand that the military and traditional leaders must make statements to the effect that they will abide by the constitution,” Reeler said.

“As is the case in most situations after a military coup, there must be peacekeeping people. Peacekeeping forces will meliorate or minimise violence.

“The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) must be the target of a multiparty comprehensive monitoring team that could also include regional and international organisations. These people could be placed in Zec, the military and such other institutions to observe if they are doing their jobs properly.”

Former President, Robert Mugabe was forced out of power last November after the military stormed key State institutions triggering an internal Zanu PF process that resulted in the former guerrilla leader’s resignation.

Another academic and publisher, Ibbo Mandaza said the international community has chosen to “sanitise a coup if there is a free and fair election”.

“The international community turned a blind eye to a coup. They chose to say we will sanitize a coup if they are free, fair and credible elections. It’s a platitude, hypocritical, cynical especially on the part of those who govern our world, the European Union, British, US and the African Union.

“By participating we are legitimising the coup as happened in 2013 before the election after the Heads of State warned against taking part in the election because it would be rigged,” Mandaza said.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson and MDC Alliance member Jacob Mafume said the opposition could still win the elections despite of the skewed conditions.

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  1. I wish Zanu pf and MDC alliance boycott the elections. We deserve something new.

  2. “Tony Reeler” , I think that is why you are an Academic. Please note the Zimbabwe situation is reality not theory of a text book. “Opposition parties must create a crisis”, I think this is treason. Honestly speaking, who benefits from the crisis, what kind of crisis? Have you ever seen what the so called Peace keeping forces do to any nationals (local people) who they are purported to be protecting. I think you have lost the plot here. Let us correct the situation through the ballot box. All those that you think are Holy (Europe,USA etc), will be part of the election monitoring team. This is reality not theory. Lets stop theorizing human life here and look at reality.

    The crisis will get us more than 38years behind and starting to rise from -38 and get back to 38 and start moving maybe unthinkable.Let us think well well and stop this boycott and crisis nonsense.

  3. The guy is nuts and just like Ibbo Mandaza are anti Zimbabwe. Why would someone with common sense who was created in the image of God have such evil wishes for Zimbabwe. These so called reforms, what are they? Is it an animal that results in election results being unacceptable. What if Chamisa was to win using the same conditions, what would we say. These so called experts are nothing but irrelevant people who have nothing to do that focus. The only person who knows what the future will be is God and not any other analyst or specialists. We are sick and tired of people who have problems with no solutions. Titaurirei zvimwe zvitsva.

  4. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Ngatizvsiye mumaoko aSamasimba. Jehovah, sarudzayi vatungamiri venyika ino pachenyu. Ndimi munoziva vakarurama nevasina kururama. Nekuti imi ndimi makatiumba nemufananidzo wenyu. Uye dzimurayi mhirizhonga dzose imi Musiki wedenga nenyika. Ndochikonzero makati zuva, mvura yekunaya nemweya wekufema zvive mumaoko enyu imi chete Mwari. Dayi zvisizvo, dayi panyika pano dziri mheremhere dzonga. Baba, akuna wenyama ane rinokunda renyu simba. Tenzi, rovayi nyika ino nemapopoma nemafashamu emaropafadzo.

  5. We have been in a crisis since about 2000 if not earlier, and the West intervened and sanctioned Zimbabwe. Did it work? Tell me a single country when the UN, Au/OAU and SADC intervened and succeeded. The fact is Reeler, Mandaza, NGOs and some people in MDC would like to se a perpetual crisis in Zimbabwe, because the crisis has become a cash cow and major source of livelihoods for them. Unfortunately, you can’t fool the whole nations using these shenanigans anymore.

  6. If people are stupid to listen to this guy and create crisis in this country and thing help will come from outside. Be prepared for worse. Foreigner pretend to help you but don’t forget Iraq and Libya.The help will come at a price.All the minerals will dug and gone. Mark my words. This guy is no about helping Zimbabwe. He is up to no good.

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