Mugabe must serve full term – Mutambara

HARARE – Zimbabweans will head to the polls in 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said this week in a bid to discredit sabre-rattling Zanu (PF)’s push for elections this year.

Mutambara said the lifespan of Parliament was five years and the house was expected to continue sitting until 2013.

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Kanzama said: “In the last two years, we witnessed the signing ceremony of the GPA at HICC and to my understanding; this GPA elapsed in February this year.

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“That is what authenticated you as well and the creation of other posts that includes the Prime Minister and some other ministers, but soon after February this year.

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“So my question to DPM is what is now authenticating this GPA since its expiry date in February?”

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Mutambara said the government was an inclusive government, a product of the Global Political Agreement and decisions must be collective and by consensus.

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“When you go to that document and read it very carefully, you will realise that the honourable member is misrepresenting the facts,” Mutambara said.
“The duration of the Global Political Agreement is not two years, go to that document and look at it very carefully. It says we must sit down and then say have we achieved the conditions in the country which will allow for free and fair elections.”

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He said the Inclusive Government’s task was to craft a democratic constitution and the election timetable was dependent on how much time was required to have a referendum and carry out electoral reforms.

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“These activities will tell us how much time we need to work together so that we can create in our country conditions that will allow for a free and fair election, where the losers will congratulate the winners and the winners will form a government,” Mutambara said.

“I must accept that the document was poorly drafted… but it says we must, after that time, review and say do we have a Constitution?”

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