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MDC formations dig in on security sector reforms

The parties in the inclusive are headed for a gridlock following Zanu-PF’s stance against security sector reforms before elections with the two MDC formations saying they will not be part of polls without necessary reforms.

Zanu-PF politburo member who is also Minister of Defence Emmerson Mnangagwa told state broadcaster ZBCtv that his party is not keen on security sector reforms.

However, MDC spokesperson for Bulawayo Edwin Ndlovu told Radio Dialogue that his party will invite SADC as a Global Political Agreement (GPA) guarantor to come and facilitate the implementation of all the necessary reforms.

“Mnangagwa’s sentiments clearly show that his party Zanu-PF wants to abuse members of the security force for intimidation purposes during elections. As MDC we are not going to allow them to do that because parties in the inclusive government agreed on security sector reforms,” said Ndlovu.

He further said MDC will not be part of any election before all the reforms including electoral and media reforms are implemented. Ndlovu said reforms are part of the SADC’s election roadmap set for Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo provincial spokesperson for the MDC-T Mandla Sibanda said Mnangagwa’s views are misplaced saying they are them as empty threats. He said the decision of holding elections will be made by the inclusive not Zanu-PF alone.

He said: “The problem with Zanu-PF members is that they think other parties in government are working for them. They cant make unilateral decisions regarding elections because we are in government together.”

Political analysts Dumisani Mpofu said the two MDC formations should insist on the reforms before elections. He said they should also invite international observers before, during and after elections.

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