The Zimbabwean hardliner utters fine words and a new constitution is near at hand. But on the ground, repression is ongoing.
The elections would include both presidential and legislative contests. But critics say that too many political issues remain unresolved for elections to be fairly held in March.
A draft constitution, released this week, proposes term limits for presidents, as well as a commission to study past crimes against humanity.
Police arrested Zimbabwe's Minister of Industry and Commerce Welshman Ncube and at least 20 other senior members of the smallest of the three parties within the ruling coalition Sunday. They were released hours later.