Negotiators finalise election roadmap

HARARE – Negotiators in the Global Political Agreement have met in Harare this Wednesday to finalise the steps that will be taken for the holding of elections set for this year.\r\n

Zanu PF Chief Negotiator, Patrick Chinamasa told State broadcaster ZBC News that the negotiators from the 3 parties in the inclusive government [Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC] have met and have finalised the roadmap and currently, the document is being compiled.

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 Chinamasa said once completed, the document will be proof read by the negotiators and is expected to be handed over to the GPA Principals this Thursday.

The draft will then be submitted to South African President, Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team, which comprises Lindiwe Zulu, Mac Maharaj and Charles Nqakhula.

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An Extra-ordinary SADC Summit set for Windhoek Namibia on the 20th of next month will be briefed on the developments in Zimbabwe pertaining to the state of implementation of the GPA and the proposed road map that would have been drawn by Zimbabweans.

The negotiators met in Harare some 2 weeks ago and produced a report on the progress that has been made in the implementation of the GPA and what remains to be done.

They also started deliberations on the election roadmap but they are yet to produce the report.

The South African facilitation team returns to Zimbabwe next month and will be in the country from the 5th to the 7th to join the GPA negotiators in deliberating on the roadmap document, and the progress report, and iron out contentious issues.

While Zanu PF is keen to have elections held this year, the 2 MDC formations are reluctant to have them this year, accusing Zanu PF of perpetrating violence.