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Exactly four years ago today, the people of Zimbabwe witnessed a very sad event as Zanu-PF and its president, Robert Mugabe claimed to have won an election that was contested by one presidential candidate.
This was despite the fact that Zanu-PF had been trounced heavily by the MDC and President Tsvangirai in the harmonised elections held earlier in March.
Today, we sadly remember the hundreds of MDC members and their families who were murdered, tortured and maimed at the hands of Zanu-PF and State security. Families were left broken, homeless and destitute as Zanu-PF hoodlums went on a rampage looting and raping innocent people.
The country was brought on its knees by a ruthless Zanu-PF regime that wanted to cling to power at all costs despite losing its popularity through dictatorship, corruption and disregard of the people's freedom.
However, we salute SADC, AU and the international community for not recognising this sham election as it led to the formation of the inclusive government with President Tsvangirai as the Prime Minister.
The inclusive government, despite attempts by Zanu-PF to scuttle its performance, has brought the country's economy back on track. Schools and hospitals have reopened and basic commodities are now available.
The MDC supports the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), SADC's stance that the inclusive government puts in place measures to ensure the next plebiscite will not be another sham election.
The MDC hails SADC's position that Zimbabwe must proceed with the implementation of all outstanding issues in the GPA and the roadmap to free and fair elections.
In its communiquÃ© at the end of the Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Luanda, Angola on 1 June 2012, the regional bloc urged the parties to the GPA, assisted by South African President and SADC facilitator Jacob Zuma, to develop an implementation mechanism and set time frames for the full implementation of the roadmap to elections.
The MDC is fully committed to the implementation of the election roadmap and challenges other parties to the GPA to play their role to ensure a free and fair poll that guarantees the secrecy of the ballot as well as the security of the vote and voter.
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