Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has warned Zimbabweans to brace themselves for the year ahead which he says is replete with challenges such as concluding a new constitution, holding a national referendum and a watershed election, and hosting a premier world event, the United Nations World Tourism Conference.
In his Christmas and New Year message, Mr. Tsvangirai said people must remain resilient in concluding the new constitution which he acknowledged was “always going to be rough and tough, given our differences, our diversity as political persuasions.”
Mr. Tsvangirai also urged Zimbabweans, particularly the youth, to register and vote. He also called for a peaceful election campaign, urging the Attorney-General and the police to act impartially and professionally.
He also said perpetrators of violence must be brought to book, calling upon politicians and the media not to promote violence through hate speech.
Tsvangirai acting spokesman William Bango told Studio 7 that the year ahead can only be overcome by unity.
Meanwhile, according to sources and the state-controlled Herald newspaper, the committee appointed by the ruling party principals to break the impasse from the Second All Stakeholders Conference, met on Sunday to discuss the outstanding issues but failed to resolve the deadlock.
The committee of seven is said to have finally resolved to involve the principals and Zanu PF and the two formations of the Movement for Democratic Change in an effort to find the way forward.
Zanu PF is now claiming that there are 30 contentious constitutional issues although Constitution and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga disputes the figure.
Matinenga was not immediately available for comment. But National Constitution Assembly spokesman Madock Chivasa told Studio 7 that Zimbabweans are paying little attention to the constitution-making process and politicians have taken advantage of that to settle some political scores.
Interview With William Bango
Interview With Madock Chivasa