News:12 Parties Form Coalition Against Zanu-PF. Plan Joint March On August 26

<vote /> Twelve political parties have formed a coalition, National Electoral Reform Agenda, against President Robert Mugabe and are planning a massive joint mass protest to demand the immediate implementation of electoral reforms ahead of the 2018 elections.

The parties include MDC-T, Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, Zanu Ndonga, Zim-First and Zunde, among other signatories to the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera). They met in Harare yesterday and resolved to challenge Mugabe in a protest march involving more than 200 000 opposition supporters.

Former Presidential Affairs ministerDidymus Mutasa, who is the current Nera chairperson, said,

We don’t want to see the army, police and the intelligence being involved in party politics. We don’t want to see soldiers campaigning for Zanu PF or any other party. They must stay in the barracks, not in rural areas intimidating our villagers. We are demanding that the State media be professional in the coverage of all political parties and that no State resources are abused by the ruling party or any party. I am saying this with hindsight and experience. I know what used to happen, so we are saying that must stop.

He also urged the police to respect their democratic right to demonstrate,

We will cross the bridge when we get to the river. What is critical is that we are going to demonstrate and we shall do so in accordance with the country’s laws. Police should uphold the law and respect our rights. I know they will do so.

Nera also demanded that Zec provides an electronic version of the current voters’ rolls for inspection by all stakeholders and give an update on the delimitation exercise.

Mean while Tendai Biti and Simba Makoni have highlighted that they are not part of this coalition, (Read Full Story Here).

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