By Staff Reporter
Seventeen opposition political parties under the banner of National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) will on Wednesday the 22nd of March descend on the streets of Harare, protesting against government takeover procurement of Biometric Voters Registration Kits.
Political parties have agreed to task the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through United Nations (UN) to do the procurement process of the BVR equipment to avoid interference of political parties. The recent U-turn by the government on the US$17m needed left opposition parties dismayed as the offer compromised the independence of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).
Transform Zimbabwe (TZ) political party which is a signatory to Nera, on Monday endorsed the demo against government sudden ambush of the BVR procurement process.
Addressing journalist in the capital TZ president Jacob Ngarivhume said his party was busy mobilising and galvanising its members to turn out in their numbers and draw a line in the sand against the government.
”As TZ working in Nera, we absolutely resist and reject that process of SPB taking over the identification of the company that is going to acquire the BVR kits. We know they want to do it for several reasons, they want to have an influence on the system that will be set up to enable them to register their members in an unlawful manner”, Ngarivhume hinted.
“The dead has been voting and we have a strong feeling that they have been voting for Zanu-PF’, Ngarivhume said in support of the use of BVR system.
TZ president revealed that his party was going to sign a petition which will be handed to SADC demanding that they push the Zimbabwean government to uphold to the SADC guidelines and principles of free and fair elections.
Speaking on coalition politics against the ruling Zanu-PF ahead of the 2018 crucial elections, Ngarivhume said it was only, through a well-coordinated coalition that the opposition was going to depose Mugabe from power.
“There’s every reason and need for opposition political parties to work together, come together under an electoral alliance”.
Ngarivhume warned the opposition coalition that will emerge to be wary of recruiting bogus political parties which he indicated to have the power to break away the coalition before 2018 general elections.
Previously, opposition parties have had plans to come together as a coalition but the huge obstacle is on which candidate to lead that election.
The MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First which recently split, led by Joice Mujuru have sidelined joining Coalition of the Democrats (CODE) fronted by junior opposition parties.