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Zanu PF/MDC clash over reforms

Dumisani Muleya

ZANU PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), having resumed talks focused on the proposed electoral reforms, have clashed on how to proceed.

face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Zanu PF’s chief negotiator Patrick Chinamasa met with his MDC counterpart, Welshman Ncube, on July 14 in Harare to discuss the electoral reforms officially announced by President Robert Mugabe in parliament last week.

Although government has denied the resumption of the talks, which collapsed soon afterwards, information to hand shows that Chinamasa and Ncube met at parliament to discuss the issue.

Ncube confirmed the meeting took place but could not give details.

“It is a matter of public record that we have been meeting informally to find a road map to end the current political impasse,” Ncube said. “But it is now clear to us that Zanu PF no longer wants the informal dialogue, let alone formal talks. So that’s it.”

Sources said Chinamasa and Ncube had a no-holds-barred discussion on the proposals. The sources said Chinamasa and Ncube clashed because the Zanu PF negotiator wanted to arm-twist the MDC into rubber-stamping the reforms without amendment.

However, Ncube refused to make an undertaking that his party would back the proposals when they come to parliament, saying there were contentious issues that needed to be sorted out.

While Zanu PF wanted talks to be confined to the electoral reforms, the MDC wanted full dialogue to address the broad Zimbabwe crisis.

The opposition wanted talks to include an end to political violence and intimidation, restoration of political and civil liberties, upholding the rule of law, and creation of an environment for free and fair elections.

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