Mugabe will not listen to MDC election objections – Madhuku

ZIMBABWE's conttitional reform lobby group National Constitutional Assembly's chairman, Dr Lovemore Madhuku has said Zanu PF will simply ignore concerns raised by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and go ahead with plans for full general elections next year.

Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party said last week there was no need for general elections since the senate and parliament still had two more years of the current term to serve.

“The next election should be solely for the disputed Presidential election to deal with the question of illegitimacy associated with the farcial Presidential run-off election of June 2008” the MDC-T said after a meeting of its national council in Harare.

But Madhuku said Zanu PF would simply ignore the MDC-T’s position.

“Zanu-PF will push for those elections no matter what,” Madhuku told AFP.

Meanwhile Zanu PF was on Saturday set to back President Robert Mugabe’s push for the elections as supporters pledged to “bury forever” his “Western” backed political rivals.

“Zanu-PF is on an unstoppable roll,” said Simon Moyo, the party’s national chairman, ahead of the speech where Mugabe is expected to be re-endorsed as its candidate for national polls in 2011.

“I would like to urge this conference to build on that momentum as we go towards the next general election scheduled for next year.”

Moyo also hit out at the MDC-T, describing the party as a “Western project”.

“We want to bury, once and for all, this Western project called the MDC,” Moyo said. “We must bury forever this combined British and American non-governmental organisation. For that is what the MDC is,” he added.