Zimbabwean security officials are considering deploying soldiers, police and youth militia to intimidate voters ahead of an election this year in a bid to extend President Robert Mugabe’s 33-years in power, two senior members of his party said.
South African police are investigating accusations by 84 women who say they were raped in the lead-up to Zimbabwe’s 2008 elections, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Makhosini Nkosi said.
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country for more than three decades, set March 16 as the date for a referendum on a new constitution, paving the way for elections needed to end a four-year impasse.
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will be allowed to try and extend his 33-year rule for another decade, according to a new constitution agreed to between his party and its main opponents to pave the way for elections.
The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front nominated Simon Khaya Moyo as its candidate for Parliament Speaker, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing Zanu-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo .
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s party wants to delay a referendum on a new constitution because it fears it will lose the subsequent election, said a cabinet minister and another member of the party’s top decision-making body.
President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front rejected a negotiated timeframe for holding elections in the southern African nation, the Herald reported, citing party spokesman Rugare Gumbo.