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31 Jul
Zimbabwe: Big Turnout for Vote on Mugabe’s Fate | Angus Shaw and Gillian Gotora
In an election that poses one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations Wednesday despite suspicions that vote-counting could be rigged in a nation beset by bitter division and economic hardship.
FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press)
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe: Big Turnout for Vote on Mugabe’s Fate | Angus Shaw and Gillian Gotora

In an election that poses one of the biggest threats to President Robert Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power, Zimbabweans flocked to polling stations Wednesday despite suspicions that vote-counting could be rigged in a nation beset by bitter division and economic hardship.

FULL ARTICLE (Associated Press)

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

'Boxing' Mugabe lays down the gloves on Zimbabwe election eve | Cris Chinaka
Flanked by his defense minister and two stuffed lions in the colonial grandeur of State House in Harare, the 89-year-old leader likened the run-up to the July 31 vote to a boxing bout that ends in a handshake, not bloodshed.
"I’ve got my fair share of criticisms and also dealt back rights and lefts and upper cuts. But that’s the game," Mugabe said, mimicking the movements of a boxer as he sat behind an ornate wooden table on the front steps of the mansion.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
Photo: GovernmentZA/Flickr

'Boxing' Mugabe lays down the gloves on Zimbabwe election eve | Cris Chinaka

Flanked by his defense minister and two stuffed lions in the colonial grandeur of State House in Harare, the 89-year-old leader likened the run-up to the July 31 vote to a boxing bout that ends in a handshake, not bloodshed.

"I’ve got my fair share of criticisms and also dealt back rights and lefts and upper cuts. But that’s the game," Mugabe said, mimicking the movements of a boxer as he sat behind an ornate wooden table on the front steps of the mansion.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: GovernmentZA/Flickr

19 Jun
Examining Prospects for Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Zimbabwe
On Monday, 18 June, Crisis Group’s Senior Vice President, Mark Schneider, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His complete testimony can be found here.
The uncontested constitutional referendum in March enabled Zimbabweans to participate in a voting process without fear of retribution. The pending parliamentary and presidential balloting is another matter. SADC remains the point vehicle for pressing for conditions on the ground to allow for credible elections and a process with integrity, including adequate domestic and international monitoring of all aspects of the process. The U.S. should support those efforts.
Watch the video of the hearing on the Senate website.

Examining Prospects for Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Zimbabwe

On Monday, 18 June, Crisis Group’s Senior Vice President, Mark Schneider, testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His complete testimony can be found here.

The uncontested constitutional referendum in March enabled Zimbabweans to participate in a voting process without fear of retribution. The pending parliamentary and presidential balloting is another matter. SADC remains the point vehicle for pressing for conditions on the ground to allow for credible elections and a process with integrity, including adequate domestic and international monitoring of all aspects of the process. The U.S. should support those efforts.

Watch the video of the hearing on the Senate website.

13 Jun
Zimbabwe in crisis as Mugabe sets election for July 31 | AFP
By Reagan Mashavave
"The interpretation of the word ‘consultation’ is a bit of a challenge," said Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group.
"If you speak to ZANU-PF they’ll say consultation means the president can ask the principals what they think. With their suggestions he can make a decision."
"The MDC say ‘we’ll make the decision together’."
FULL ARTICLE (AFP)
Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

Zimbabwe in crisis as Mugabe sets election for July 31 | AFP

By Reagan Mashavave

"The interpretation of the word ‘consultation’ is a bit of a challenge," said Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group.

"If you speak to ZANU-PF they’ll say consultation means the president can ask the principals what they think. With their suggestions he can make a decision."

"The MDC say ‘we’ll make the decision together’."

FULL ARTICLE (AFP)

Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

8 Sep
Zimbabwe’s draft constitution remains in limbo | Mail & Guardian
By Ray Ndlovu
But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wants to put it to a referendum.
Political observers have interpreted this as a sign that Zanu-PF will spurn the mediation efforts led by the Southern African Development Community and South African President Jacob Zuma. Earlier this year, Mugabe said his party reserved the right to reject Zuma as the SADC facilitator if he showed “any bias”.
FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)
Photo: Jesse B. Awalt, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

Zimbabwe’s draft constitution remains in limbo | Mail & Guardian

By Ray Ndlovu

But the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) wants to put it to a referendum.

Political observers have interpreted this as a sign that Zanu-PF will spurn the mediation efforts led by the Southern African Development Community and South African President Jacob Zuma. Earlier this year, Mugabe said his party reserved the right to reject Zuma as the SADC facilitator if he showed “any bias”.

FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)

Photo: Jesse B. Awalt, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons

7 Sep
Zimbabwe: Anti-Graft Crusade Real or Politicking? | allAfrica.com
By Njabulo Ncube
PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) summarily fired 12 councillors last month, including the deputy mayor of Harare and the mayor of Gweru, over graft charges, in what critics say is probably the first salvo in the aftermath of a damning report about his party’s diminishing political fortunes.
FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Gazette via allAfrica.com)
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe: Anti-Graft Crusade Real or Politicking? | allAfrica.com

By Njabulo Ncube

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s formation of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) summarily fired 12 councillors last month, including the deputy mayor of Harare and the mayor of Gweru, over graft charges, in what critics say is probably the first salvo in the aftermath of a damning report about his party’s diminishing political fortunes.

FULL ARTICLE (The Financial Gazette via allAfrica.com)

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

8 Jun
International Crisis Group

Zimbabwe's Reform Process

Zimbabwe’s Reform Process | International Crisis Group

6 June 2012: Piers Pigou, Project Director for Southern Africa, talks about the recent decision of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to block elections without reforms in Zimbabwe and about concerns around Robert Mugabe’s candidacy. 4:30

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21 May
AllAfrica | Zimbabwe: ‘No Lifting of Sanctions Without Real Reforms’
By Elias Mambo
WHILE Zimbabwe’s re-engagement team with the European Union (EU) was upbeat about the possibility of the bloc lifting sanctions after its trip to Brussels last week, analysts have warned that without meaningful reforms on the ground it would still be difficult to ensure the removal of the restrictive measures.
Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma (MDC-T), Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa (Zanu PF) and Regional Integration and International Co-operation minister Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) led the re-engagement team in talks with the EU in the Belgian capital.
Talks have been ongoing since 2009 as part of broad efforts to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to restore political and economic stability before free and fair elections are held.
Negotiations are going on within the framework and context of the EU-Africa Cotonou Agreement, Article 96, which says “political dialogue concerning respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law shall be conducted within the parameters of internationally recognised standards and norms”.
"The parties may agree on joint agendas and priorities. Benchmarks are mechanisms for reaching targets through the setting of intermediate objectives and timeframes for compliance," it reads.
The EU slapped President Robert Mugabe and his top allies and associated companies who either owned, controlled or were linked to Zanu PF with the measures in 2002, citing rampant political violence and gross human rights violations which it said hindered the holding of free and fair elections in the country.
The targeted sanctions specifically followed the expulsion of EU election observer Pierre Schori, a Swedish UN diplomat whom the group had designated head of its proposed 150-strong team for the disputed March 2002 presidential polls.
FULL ARTICLE (AllAfrica)
Photo: Mangwanani/Wikimedia Commons

AllAfrica | Zimbabwe: ‘No Lifting of Sanctions Without Real Reforms’

By Elias Mambo

WHILE Zimbabwe’s re-engagement team with the European Union (EU) was upbeat about the possibility of the bloc lifting sanctions after its trip to Brussels last week, analysts have warned that without meaningful reforms on the ground it would still be difficult to ensure the removal of the restrictive measures.

Energy and Power Development minister Elton Mangoma (MDC-T), Justice and Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa (Zanu PF) and Regional Integration and International Co-operation minister Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC) led the re-engagement team in talks with the EU in the Belgian capital.

Talks have been ongoing since 2009 as part of broad efforts to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to restore political and economic stability before free and fair elections are held.

Negotiations are going on within the framework and context of the EU-Africa Cotonou Agreement, Article 96, which says “political dialogue concerning respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law shall be conducted within the parameters of internationally recognised standards and norms”.

"The parties may agree on joint agendas and priorities. Benchmarks are mechanisms for reaching targets through the setting of intermediate objectives and timeframes for compliance," it reads.

The EU slapped President Robert Mugabe and his top allies and associated companies who either owned, controlled or were linked to Zanu PF with the measures in 2002, citing rampant political violence and gross human rights violations which it said hindered the holding of free and fair elections in the country.

The targeted sanctions specifically followed the expulsion of EU election observer Pierre Schori, a Swedish UN diplomat whom the group had designated head of its proposed 150-strong team for the disputed March 2002 presidential polls.

FULL ARTICLE (AllAfrica)

Photo: Mangwanani/Wikimedia Commons

14 May
Voice of America | Zimbabwe’s Military Takes Aim At Draft Constitution
By: Blessing Zulu
Zimbabwe’s constitutional-making process faces collapse as members of the military and hardliners from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF team-up to resist key reforms.
As a result, the parliamentary select committee writing the nation’s new charter has called for an urgent meeting Monday to deal with the impending crisis.
Army chief of staff Major General Martin Chedondo this week accused the select committee of “trying to bring in and popularize foreign ideas, values and ethos which were never the way Zimbabweans used to live and respect.”
Zanu PF sources told VOA throughout this week that securocrats have been meeting the party’s technical committee on the constitution to make demands that are likely to torpedo the process.
Among the demands being made by the army and also adopted by the party, is the view that President Mugabe retains his executive powers and be allowed to unilaterally appoint service chiefs.
Proposals in the draft constitution say the president must appoint service chiefs in consultation with the Defense Services Commission, which is appointed by the president and subject to approval by parliament.
The army is also bitter about what it is calling over-regulation of the military’s political activities. This comes amid reports that securocrats are increasingly tightening their grip on Zanu PF as several members of the Central Intelligence Organization, police and retired army officers, line up to stand on party tickets in the next election.
The hardliners also want the attorney general to retain his sweeping powers. The draft takes prosecuting powers from the AG, who becomes only a legal adviser to the president while a new National Prosecuting Authority is created.
Zanu PF hardliners are also not happy with clauses that they say give women unnecessary rights.
Co-chairman Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, Zanu PF’s point person in the select committee, told VOA that the Constitution seeks no security sector reforms.
But Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s representative co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora says the army is trying to hijack the constitution-making process.
Co-chairman Edward Mkhosi of the Welshman Ncube MDC says the army has no right to interfere with the select committee’s process.
Political analyst Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group says the army’s intervention spells disaster for the constitutional writing process.
FULL ARTICLE (VOA)
Photo: Al Jazeera English

Voice of America | Zimbabwe’s Military Takes Aim At Draft Constitution

By: Blessing Zulu

Zimbabwe’s constitutional-making process faces collapse as members of the military and hardliners from President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF team-up to resist key reforms.

As a result, the parliamentary select committee writing the nation’s new charter has called for an urgent meeting Monday to deal with the impending crisis.

Army chief of staff Major General Martin Chedondo this week accused the select committee of “trying to bring in and popularize foreign ideas, values and ethos which were never the way Zimbabweans used to live and respect.”

Zanu PF sources told VOA throughout this week that securocrats have been meeting the party’s technical committee on the constitution to make demands that are likely to torpedo the process.

Among the demands being made by the army and also adopted by the party, is the view that President Mugabe retains his executive powers and be allowed to unilaterally appoint service chiefs.

Proposals in the draft constitution say the president must appoint service chiefs in consultation with the Defense Services Commission, which is appointed by the president and subject to approval by parliament.

The army is also bitter about what it is calling over-regulation of the military’s political activities. This comes amid reports that securocrats are increasingly tightening their grip on Zanu PF as several members of the Central Intelligence Organization, police and retired army officers, line up to stand on party tickets in the next election.

The hardliners also want the attorney general to retain his sweeping powers. The draft takes prosecuting powers from the AG, who becomes only a legal adviser to the president while a new National Prosecuting Authority is created.

Zanu PF hardliners are also not happy with clauses that they say give women unnecessary rights.

Co-chairman Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, Zanu PF’s point person in the select committee, told VOA that the Constitution seeks no security sector reforms.

But Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s representative co-chairman Douglas Mwonzora says the army is trying to hijack the constitution-making process.

Co-chairman Edward Mkhosi of the Welshman Ncube MDC says the army has no right to interfere with the select committee’s process.

Political analyst Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group says the army’s intervention spells disaster for the constitutional writing process.

FULL ARTICLE (VOA)

Photo: Al Jazeera English

24 Feb

FT: Mugabe pushes for early elections

“The constitution-making process at the moment is the litmus test for whether there is any real prospect for reforms that can lay the ground for free and fair elections. If the constitution process is rejected or thrown out then there’s a real danger that an attempt will be made to fast-track an election process that won’t be credible.”

—Piers Pigou, Southern Africa Project Director, International Crisis Group 

FULL ARTICLE (Financial Times)