By Langton Ncube| President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the country is going to have early elections, ignoring the mention of the need for electoral reforms.
Mnangagwa made the cryptic announcement in Harare on Thursday when he was addressing his Zanu PF party’s central committee meeting.
“These elections are nearer than what you expect,” said Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa’s early elections announcement takes away hopes of the implementation of electoral reforms which the opposition has been clamoring for.
The opposition under the banner of the MDC Alliance on Tuesday testified before the United States Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee where it said government should implement political and electoral reforms before calling for of fresh polls.
The MDC Alliance together with Human Rights Watch director for Southern Africa, Dewa Mavhinga and writer Peter Godwin urged the United States government to push President Mnangagwa’s government for reforms.