THE Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) set up under the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to monitor implementation of the power-sharing deal between Zanu PF and the MDC formations will continue to exist beyond the lifespan of the inclusive government, contrary to Zanu PF’s assertions.
Report by Hazel Ndebele
Zanu PF does not want Jomic to monitor elections, with former Information minister and politburo member Jonathan Moyo, saying the GPA, including Jomic, must be replaced by a national process that includes all political parties interested in contesting the next elections.
MDC-T Jomic co-chairperson, Elton Mangoma, told the Zimbabwe Independent the monitoring body would supervise the forthcoming crucial elections and that its lifespan would only end after the new president has been sworn-in.
MDC Jomic co-chairperson Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga also confirmed the body would observe elections.
Section 22 of the GPA does not mention the lifespan of Jomic or its extension beyond the expiry of the inclusive government.
Jomic insiders said the extension of its term is necessary to allow as many observers as possible to monitor the make-or-break polls.
“We have suggested to the principals that we get on board other political parties not in the GPA as well as members of the civic society in order to have as many observers for each polling station as possible,” said a Jomic source.
Zanu Ndonga leader Gondai Vhutuza said it would be improper for Jomic as currently constituted to observe the elections.