Zanu (PF) Says Election Funds Available

Harare,- President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party has said raising of money for the anticipated polls will not be problematic as the money can be sourced from “everywhere” including from continental organisations such as SADC and the African Union across the globe, the party national chairman said.\r\n

Simon Kaya Moyo, Zanu (PF) national chairman  said the issue of polls can be delayed any further since Zimbabwe was not a poor country. The statement by Moyo is at variance with that of the Finance ministry which has said it does not have funds to sponsor an election as well as to increase teachers’ salaries.

“Zimbabwe is not a poor country, and we don’t have poor friends either,” Moyo said. “We can always, SADC  to start with is a guarantor of Global Political Agreement  so as the African Union , being guarantors  they must ensure that these elections take place and the monies would be raised. We are saying there is money everywhere.”

Moyo’s comments comes at time when his party is demanding that elections be held not later than this year, while Prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party—MDC has demanded for real reforms.

According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the country would need $400 million to hold joint polls. However, finance minister Tendai  Biti say’s the country cannot afford to hold any elections this year citing funding constraints.

South African President, Jacob Zuma who is the mediator of the inter party talks has also demanded for minimum guidelines to be met before the country holds any polls.