US: When Will The Zimbabwean Government Resume By-elections?

The United States (US) Embassy in Harare has asked when the Zimbabwean government will resume by-elections noting that neighbouring countries recently held elections successfully amid the same environment prevailing in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe last year suspended by-elections indefinitely citing the prevalence of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The US speaks when there is no indication as to when the by-elections to fill posts left vacant when opposition MDC-T recalled MDC Alliance councillors and legislators.
 
President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week extended Lockdown Level 2 Measures suggesting that by-elections are likely to remain suspended for some time. Posting on Social media, the US Embassy in Harare said:
When will the Zimbabwean government resume by-elections? Long-standing parliamentary vacancies have left over 754,000 voters in 26 constituencies without elected representation. Only by-elections will restore these citizens’ rights to representation. #ZimVotesMatter
Many countries have held elections despite the pandemic, including Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, and the United States, demonstrating that COVID-safe elections are possible. We are confident Zimbabwe can do the same. #ZimsSafetoVote #ZimVotesMatter
The Herald, a state-run paper, quotes some political analysts as criticising the US’s “behaviour of interfering in the affairs of other sovereign states.”

Political analyst Mr Alex Munyonga is reported as having said the statement raises a stink from a diplomatic point of view. Munyonga said:

The embassy deceitfully argues that voter registration numbers will help define electoral boundaries in the delimitation. A mind-boggling question arises as to why this refereeing by a prejudiced match official.


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Some scepticism arises as to why a perennial critique of the country’s developmental prospects call for ensuring complete representation of Zimbabwean communities through mass voter registration…

Such blindfolding needs to be unravelled and arrested. It is a proven historical fact that American diplomatic and scientific skills are double edged swords. The seeming courtesy can be analogised to 30 pieces of silver intended to betray our people and our future. The Zimbabwean future is not on sale. Why such interest lest there are congealed intentions of instituting porous hegemonic entry points. Ulterior motives and hidden hostile designs are manifest in the US Embassy’s tweet.

Another political analyst Mr Caution Torovei is quoted as having said Zimbabwe needs to guard against foreigners “dictating to us what needs to be done, the owners of this nation must dictate the pace.”

The Herald also quotes another political analyst, Mr Collin Mharadzano as having said for a so-called model of democracy to blatantly interfere in the affairs of a sovereign republic speaks volumes of its hatred for the nation and its people.

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