Tsvangirai takes poll 'war' to SADC
04 June 2013, 14:07
Cape Town – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's
MDC party is set to take its fight for electoral reforms to next week's SADC
summit in Mozambique following President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF's determined
push for a "stampeded election" without reforms, News Day reported on Tuesday.
The MDC's decision to mount pressure on Mugabe comes after the Constitutional Court made a ruling last Friday that elections should be held
by July 31, a verdict Mugabe and his party quickly embraced.
But the MDC said while it accepted the court verdict, the
party would mount pressure on Mugabe at the SADC summit to ensure the
implementation of all agreed reforms before the elections could be held.
The MDC has been calling for several reforms, among
them security sector realignment and media reforms, but Zanu-PF, which
has been enjoying a cordial relationship with the uniformed forces, has stiffly
resisted such reforms.
Mugabe declared he would
proclaim dates for the polls soon.
A successful MDC push would most likely mean a change of the
date dictated by the court because it would be practically impossible to fit in
all the electoral reforms and other pre-poll requirements before July 31.
"For the MDC, it is not about the date for the elections,
but the conditions under which those elections are held," said the MDC
spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora.
"Our thrust is that
elections must be held in Zimbabwe, but these elections must be free and fair.
We are going to SADC to push the agenda of electoral reforms, which are derived
from constitutional provisions."
Mwonzora said the net effect of the judgment by the
Constitutional Court was that Zimbabwe was a country guided by laws and it would
never break its own laws, a stance he said justified the reform agenda because
all the issues his party was raising were provided for in the new Constitution.
"All the reforms which the MDC is demanding are driven from
clear constitutional provisions. The net effect of the judgment is that all the
reforms should be made, especially where the reforms have the force of the law.
We will use this judgment to justify our push for reforms.
"All we want is SADC to help Zimbabwe abide by its
Constitution," Mwonzora said.