Mugabe To Abide By Constitutional Court Election Ruling

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe will abide by the Constitutional Court directive compelling him to make sure elections are held by 31 July 2013.

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The ruling was made by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Friday.

In an interview with the state’s Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation on the side of the 5th Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD). He said the declaration of the date will be made in consultation with the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.

We accepted that judgment and we will work in accordance with that judgment, let it be said, of course, that the GPA was never meant, really, to exist for more than 18 months and when we started we had 18 months in mind as duration it had and thereafter we will have an election, but we did agree along the way that we should have a people driven constitution. We have offended against the law twice and we can’t anymore, and anyway elections will be held within the given timeframes.

The MDC-T has also committed to abiding by the ruling as long as its demand for reforms are met.

However President Mugabe says that the unity government has outlived its usefulness which he says was meant to be confined to an 18 month period adding that it was the leniency of the courts that allowed it live that long.

Everyone pretty much is waiting for the elections to come and go to be honest. Everything seems to stop when elections come around which is a bit silly really. We should really be moving as if nothing is happening.

Glad we will be one with this business in under a month then.