PM says agreement on road map for free elections

Harare – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday said Zimbabwe's coalition government and regional leaders have agreed on the need for a clear road map for free and fair elections in the troubled southern African country.

Harare – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday said Zimbabwe’s coalition government and regional leaders have agreed on the need for a clear road map for free and fair elections in the troubled southern African country.

Addressing an investment conference in Harare, he said: ‘I am glad that President Robert Mugabe, regional countries and I are all agreed that we have to follow the GPA (Global Political Agreement) processes to ensure a credible poll.’

He did not indicate when the agreement was made.

There was no cause for Zimbabweans or investors to feel anxiety ‘about being ambushed with an election that has no preconditions,’ he said.

His comments were in sharp contrast to those of Mugabe, who has said that his Zanu-PF party wants to hold election by mid-year, even in the absence of a new constitution – a requirement under the GPA signed by the two leaders in September 2008.