Zimbabwe: Business leaders call for 5 year delay in elections

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tererai Karimakwenda
17 September, 2010

A group representing private business leaders in Zimbabwe has called on the unity government to delay holding elections for at least five years. The Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz), made the appeal to the three principals in the coalition, Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, saying the economy needed time to recover and stabilize.

According to the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper Emcoz chairman David Govere told business leaders at a Social Dialogue attended by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe in Bulawayo recently, that it would be retrogressive to conduct elections next year.

Govere explained that the elections, which are currently being planned for next year, could reverse the economic gains made since the creation of the coalition government two years ago, saying a delay would “consolidate the current and ongoing healing and stabilising actions which then ultimately lead to [continue reading]

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