cde gumbo rugare.jpgZanu PF says the African Union (AU) meeting starting this Saturday, 28 January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, must redefine the African agenda and be more vigilant on agents of imperialism and neo-colonialism marauding as advocates of good governance, democracy and freedom, the very issues which were at the centre of the continent’s liberation struggles.

The AU Summit of Heads of State is expected to deliberate on various issues of international concern especially security issues, following the wave of western sponsored uprisings in North Africa, which led to the ouster of some African leaders and the eventual brutal killing of Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

On the Zimbabwean political situation, AU leaders will be presented with a report from the SADC appointed mediator, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

In a statement, Zanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo said AU leaders should be wary of the Western funded political parties such as the MDCs in Zimbabwe, which he said are agents of foreign interests seeking a return of colonialism.

He said the MDC formations should not be allowed to continue discrediting the country’s political situation, all in a bid to delay elections, adding that the MDCs’ views and those of their sympathisers, the NGOs and so called civic society, must be viewed as serving the interests of imperial America and its Western allies.

“We understand the MDC-T as usual and as has become the norm will be sending a huge contingent of its leaders, accompanied by a plethora of well funded Western sponsored NGOs and the so called civic society based in Zimbabwe and abroad in their futile attempt to discredit Zimbabwe at the Summit and paint a dim picture of the state of our nation.

“One of the issues to be raised by the MDC-T and their various fragmented and disoriented formations will be allegations of outstanding GPA issues and that there is wide spread state sponsored violence in the country as reasons why Zimbabwe should not be allowed to hold elections,” said Cde Gumbo.

Cde Gumbo added that the MDC formations will equally make false statements to the effect that there is wide spread arrest of their members in an attempt by Zanu PF to decimate their party before elections.

He said the MDC-T is also known to stage manage incidences of politically motivated violence and they turn victims in a useless exercise to create an impression of instability in the country, tricks which have been overplayed.

He also expressed concern that while Zanu PF remains ‘committed to the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) in word and in deed,’ the MDCs show no commitment.

“The MDCs have not in any way demonstrated a commitment to the removal of the illegal economic sanctions imposed by the West. Instead they have been surreptitiously calling for further economic sanctions against Zimbabwe,” he said.

Cde Gumbo also said elections will be held this year despite the MDCs’ ploy to further delay them.

“We reject in totality the MDCs posturing that elections cannot be held because they are synonymous with violence or that there is wide spread violence in the country. Our people have had elections on more than five occasions since independence and are capable of peaceful coexistence in their diversity of political opinions as was demonstrated in the March 29, 2008 elections. In any case elections cannot be held back on account of probabilistic occurrence of political skirmishes,” Cde Gumbo said.

Cde Gumbo said despite all these tactics from the MDC formations, AU should demand the holding of elections in Zimbabwe this year as well as unconditional removal of economic sanctions imposed by the Western countries as part of the MDCs’ regime change agenda.

Under the GPA, several reforms have been undertaken including media reforms and electoral law reforms in fulfilment of the GPA.

A constitution is still at the drafting stage but Zanu PF continues to blame the MDCs of trying to delay the process.

“The Constitution making process has suffered from the dilatory tactics of the MDCs to the extent that at one point they boycotted the exercise,” he said.

Zanu PF says despite the implementation of most GPA issues, it is regrettable that the MDCs’ demands and their shopping list continue to grow by each day to the extent of bringing up matters not mentioned in the GPA such as security sector reform.

With the AU Summit looming, Cde Gumbo says the AU meeting on January 28-30 must unequivocally put in place mechanisms to deal decisively with the growing menace of Western imperialism which has caused untold suffering to the people of Africa.