News:Nera Leaders Plan To Meet Mugabe & State Security Chiefs Over Electoral Reforms. Demand Makarau To Leave ZEC

<vote /> Opposition parties, under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera), have resolved to seek audience with Robert Mugabe demanding that his administration reforms the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) before 2018.

Nera currently comprises of Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T, the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, Freedom Front led by Cosmas Mponda, Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), Transform Zimbabwe, Zanu Ndonga, Zunde, ZimFirst and FreeZim Congress, among others.

Current Nera chairperson Didymus Mutasa told NewsDay at his Chishawasha home on Tuesday that they had initiated the process to meet Mugabe,

We want to tell him that the people of Zimbabwe want this and that. They want free and fair elections. He has no option, but to meet us. He will have to because our concerns are legitimate.

He said Nera leaders were also pushing to meet State security chiefs,

We want them to know that politics is not for them, but us civilian people. We are saying they should stay in barracks and protect us from external forces, not telling us who should be the next leader. I am saying this from experience. I know how the military and CIO are used to campaign for Zanu PF. We are saying that should end. People should not be afraid of the CIO and say they are partisan, but people must work with them in safeguarding our internal security. Today, the CIO is the most feared institution because of the way it operates and we are saying that should end. The CIO should be a secret service, but when you see people campaigning for a particular party, it ceases to be a secret service.

They also said that they wanted Rita Makarau to leave her position as Zec chairperson,

We also want the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to be reformed. We want Justice Rita Makarau to go. She is not impartial in the discharge of her duties. We want the United Nations to help us run the elections so that we get a credible outcome.

Nera are also pushing for a demonstration on August 26. Read more on the demonstration here

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