gpa.jpgThe three principals in the inclusive government, Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara, have called on Zimbabweans to uphold the culture of violent-free elections.


The three principals were speaking to journalists during a news conference where they conveyed their Christmas message and New Year greetings to the people of Zimbabwe at State House in Harare on Monday afternoon.


The principals reviewed the progress made by the inclusive government and assessed the Global Political Agreement in the past year.

They agreed that considerable steps in the right direction have been made but not up to the desirable levels.

There was also a reminder that the lifespan of the inclusive government is fast coming to an end and that elections will be held to form a new government.

President Mugabe called on the grassroots to heed the voice of their leaders and shun the culture of election violence.

He implored the media to play a constructive role and avoid fanning violence.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara agreed on the need for a violent-free election.

The three principals formed the inclusive government in February 2009 with a 2-year lifespan. The inclusive government is due to expire in February 2011, paving the way for elections.