HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance on Thursday
launched its election policy document in which it promises to
implement diverse and innovative polices that will transform
Zimbabwe into a middle income economy by 2023.
Nelson Chamisa launched the policy document dubbed Sustainable
and Modern Agenda for Real Transformation (SMART) under the
theme “Behold the New. Change that Delivers.”
Chamisa said once
elected into office, his government will implement policies that
will revamp and modernize the country’s dilapidated
infrastructure, accelerate economic growth and improve the
living standards of the people.
He said their aim
was to make Zimbabwe a 100 billion dollars economy by 2029
through aggressive foreign investment attraction, trade
facilitation and efficient utilization of the country’s natural
“This document is a
transformation document. It will change your lives. It’s an
answer to all the challenges that Zimbabwe faces,” said the
40-year old Chamisa who will challenge President Emmerson
Mnangagwa in the July 30 election.
The ruling ZANU-PF
party launched its election manifesto last month under the theme
“Unite, fight corruption, develop, re-engage, create jobs.”
Zimbabwe president says
electoral playing field now level following new law
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said
the electoral playing field is now level following his signing
of new electoral laws.
He was reacting to
the demonstration on the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) and
his city center offices by thousands of opposition activists
making a raft of demands covering the current electoral
The Herald newspaper
reported Wednesday that Mnangagwa told reporters at State House
that the uninterrupted demonstration showed that the opposition
was enjoying democracy after he instructed security agencies to
let it go ahead.
“They are enjoying
democracy which exists in this country. I think they are so
happy that there is an environment where they can express
themselves right, left and centre. But of course in relation to
the forthcoming harmonized elections, already less than two
weeks ago, I signed into law the reforms relating to the
Electoral Act, so the playing field is perfectly level,” he
demonstrations had generally been met with heavy handedness from
authorities during former President Robert Mugabe’s time.
parties under the banner of the MDC Alliance handed over a
petition to ZEC and Mnangagwa demanding minimum conditions for
the holding of “free, fair and credible elections”.
They said that the
elections should be held in full compliance of the country’s
constitution, the Electoral Act, the SADC principles and
guidelines on democratic elections and the African Union Charter
on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
The parties are also
demanding that there be full and proper agreement by all
stakeholders on the procurement, security, quality and movement
of all ballot material - in particular, the ballot paper.
Also among their
demands is that ZEC should immediately retire any security
personnel in its secretariat, whether currently or formerly
employed by the security services, and that all military
personnel allegedly deployed in rural areas should be withdrawn.
international observers are already coming on pre-election
assessments, the alliance also demanded that “all international
observers and monitors should now be allowed immediate access to
Zimbabwe to monitor the election.
They also demanded
equal access to and equal coverage of all political parties in
the public media, in particular, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting
“The holding of the
30th of July election is dependent on the conditions
set above,” they warned.
party youths hold march for peaceful poll
HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Hundreds of youths from Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF
party on Wednesday held a march in the capital Harare to support
the call by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for a violence-free
Zimbabwe will hold
elections on July 30, the first without former president Robert
Mugabe and his longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai who died of
cancer in February.
office in November last year following the resignation of Mugabe,
Mnangagwa has been urging all political parties to ensure a
in Zimbabwe have been marred by violence perpetrated by both the
ruling ZANU-PF and opposition parties.
invited international observers for the July election, including
those from the West that have been banned since 2002.
observer teams have also arrived in Zimbabwe for pre-election
The march by the
youths comes a day after the opposition MDC Alliance on Tuesday
staged a demonstration in Harare to demand broader electoral
reforms to ensure credible polls.
In his address to
the youths, ZANU-PF Youth League secretary Pupurai Togarepi
reiterated the need for ZANU-PF supporters to observe peace and
remain calm when provoked to ensure the country holds peaceful
“We have elements in
this country who believe in chaos, anarchy and violence but our
president Mnangagwa is saying no to that. We need a peaceful
election,” he said.
He castigated the
opposition for making several demands to the Zimbabwe Electoral
Commission, saying the opposition failed to utilize the past
five years when it was in parliament to push for electoral
“The reason why they
are making noise and criticizing ZEC is that they are afraid of
losing the election. They have not adequately prepared for this
election,” Togarepi said.
The opposition is demanding that at least 10 crucial reforms
must be implemented before polls, including transparency in the
printing of ballot papers, independent audit of the voters’
roll, diaspora vote, removal of military personnel at ZEC and
fair media coverage for all political parties