President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party on Friday boycotted a crucial meeting organized by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to discuss the country’s electoral processes with political parties.
The majority of the country’s opposition parties attended the meeting at Mandel Training Centre in Harare.
ZEC chairperson Rita Makarau referred questions to the electoral body’s chief elections officer, Utoile Silaigwana but his mobile phone was, however, not reachable.
Zanu PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo told VOA Studio 7 that his office was not aware of the meeting.
“I do not know anything about that meeting,” said Moyo. “I never saw the invitation. Frankly, I have never had sight of such an invitation. They might have written to the secretary of administration, I do not know. They must state where they wrote to and be clear that they did not get a response but we cannot guess who they wrote to. I have no idea myself.”
But MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu told VOA his party is not amused by Zanu PF’s antics.
“There were more than 20 political parties that attended this strategic workshop,” he said.
“The only disappointment is that the ruling Zanu PF was conspicuous by its absence. That for some of us raises more questions than answers because it appears Zanu PF are never keen to attend these workshops that are being conducted by ZEC. I would like to believe that they are hiding something."
Gutu said his party was impressed by the ZEC strategic meeting.
“This was an opportunity for the political parties – all of them – to interact and also be in a position to articulate our major concerns.”