MDC to contest 2018 polls

MUTASA - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has said it will not boycott the 2018 general elections because they would have long forced the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) and President Robert Mugabe Zanu PF to effect requisite electoral reforms.

Speaking on the sidelines of the burial of former Mutare mayor and Mutasa South MDC legislator Misheck Kagurabadza in Manica Bridge this week, MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora vowed that they were going to force Mugabe’s government to align the country’s electoral laws to the new Constitution.

“We are going to pull Zanu PF kicking and screaming to implementation of the reforms,” Mwonzora said.

“The Constitution is very clear on how elections must be run. The Constitution must be followed.

“The programme we are going to unleash on Zanu PF and on Zec come August is going to force reforms in this country. It’s not a matter of choice, it is not whether Mugabe likes it or not.

“It is what the people of Zimbabwe want. We are going to have reforms come the next elections and MDC is going to win.

“It’s not up to Zanu PF. We are not going to leave it to the benevolence of Zanu PF. We are going to have the reforms whether they like it or not and we are going to force them.”

Mugabe’s Zanu PF has rejected the demands for electoral reforms and said, instead, the MDC should call for the removal of Western sanctions and persuade radio stations broadcasting from abroad to stop.

Mwonzora did not state what form of pressure they plan to exert on Mugabe’s Zanu PF.

“The programme that is going to be unleashed is going to force this government to act in a responsible manner,” he said.

“It is going to force the decision makers in this country to be sensitive to the needs of the masses.

“It is a democratic programme that we are going to implement to make sure that the people of Zimbabwe have justice.”

Mwonzora said unless democracy takes root, the country would not prosper economically or end endemic corruption.

Mwonzora expressed even greater optimism in electoral reforms.

“We know for example that Zec is doing a programme of reforms.

“They have engaged the UNDP as a consultant to advise it on the reforms,” Mwonzora said.

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