Zanu PF reiterates plan for a new illegitmate regime

HARARE – Zanu-PF's Communist style supreme decision-making body yesterday said Zimbabwe will hold general elections next year, as pronounced by its leader Robert Mugabe, with or without a new constitution,.

The Politburo met at the party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday and complained that donors were withholding funding for the constitution-making process in an effort to delay elections.

Party secretary for information and publicity Rugare Gumbo said: "We received a report on Copac from Paul Mangwana and he expressed concern over funding.

"He said there are just not enough resources to move to the next stage (thematic committee discussions), but he said there was an effort to delay disbursing money by the UNDP as a way of delaying the referendum and subsequently the election.

"However, that is neither here nor there. As a party we will find ways around it, but we are very clear that elections will be held.

"If they cannot help us write a new constitution we will find ways, but elections will be held before June next year."

Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus "Diesel from rocks" Mutasa presented the report because Emmerson "Ngwena" Mangwana was not able to attend the Politburo meeting.

Accord to Robert Mugabe, the inclusive Government’s lifespan expires in February next year and he has expressed reluctance to extend it by anything more than six months.

Gumbo said the party was happy with the outcome of the constitution-making outreach stage where their position on various talking points received overwhelming support from the citizenry.

Financial constraints have dogged the constitution-making process thereby delaying its completion.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said, Zimbabwe’s constitution process while a step in the right direction is far from being legitimate because it was characterised by intimidation and violence,   

"It (constitution making process) does not pass the test of legitimacy because of what happened in the rural areas. There was operation chimumumu (shut up), people were ordered not to speak, there was violence," Tsvangirai said.

"I believe that people were not given the freedom to express themselves and therefore short changed. Yes (the constitution), is a step forward but not adequate."

Tsvangirai said about 85 percent of the issues raised in the current constitution making process were agreed across the political divide with the remaining 15 percent still being contested and open for negotiations.

Zimbabwe has since June been involved in a process to gathered views from ordinary people for a new constitution. However, the process was marred by delays, violent disturbances, shortage of resources and politicking.

The country is due to go for a referendum next year. There has been talk of holding elections next year as a way of solving the political stalemate that have been reached by the political parties that signed the GPA to form a new government.