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Showing posts tagged zimbabwe

29 Jan
Southern Africa: SADC Leaders Urged to Follow Botswana Lead Over Disputed Zim Polls | Alex Bell
Leaders in the Southern African region have been urged to follow the lead of Botswana’s President Ian Khama in condemning Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections as neither fair nor credible.
In an interview aired on Botswana’s national television station, BTV, Khama said the Zim elections were neither free nor fair. He also announced that Botswana will no longer participate in any SADC election observer missions, because the leadership bloc appears to have let Zimbabwe “off the hook”. The Botswana President insisted that the elections were never fair, and that the rules that govern democratic elections in Southern African were not followed in Zimbabwe’s case.
"SADC has set itself guidelines for the conduct of free and fair elections… And in Zim, we sent 80 plus or so observers and almost every one of them said there were irregularities in that election, and there were. I am convinced of it," Khama said.
He added: “So, the point was just to say that we must fix the problem because if the guidelines were violated and you create that precedent in Zimbabwe, then it means the next election, because Zimbabwe is going to have elections again, they are likely to repeat the same irregularities. So, do we say Zimbabwe is an exception to the SADC guidelines?”
Khama’s comments fly in the face of SADC’s endorsement of Zimbabwe’s elections, which have also been disputed by the opposition MDCs in Zimbabwe, civil society groups and regional observer teams present during the polls.
FULL ARTICLE (SW Radio Africa)
Photo: GovenmentZA/flickr

Southern Africa: SADC Leaders Urged to Follow Botswana Lead Over Disputed Zim Polls | Alex Bell

Leaders in the Southern African region have been urged to follow the lead of Botswana’s President Ian Khama in condemning Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections as neither fair nor credible.

In an interview aired on Botswana’s national television station, BTV, Khama said the Zim elections were neither free nor fair. He also announced that Botswana will no longer participate in any SADC election observer missions, because the leadership bloc appears to have let Zimbabwe “off the hook”. The Botswana President insisted that the elections were never fair, and that the rules that govern democratic elections in Southern African were not followed in Zimbabwe’s case.

"SADC has set itself guidelines for the conduct of free and fair elections… And in Zim, we sent 80 plus or so observers and almost every one of them said there were irregularities in that election, and there were. I am convinced of it," Khama said.

He added: “So, the point was just to say that we must fix the problem because if the guidelines were violated and you create that precedent in Zimbabwe, then it means the next election, because Zimbabwe is going to have elections again, they are likely to repeat the same irregularities. So, do we say Zimbabwe is an exception to the SADC guidelines?”

Khama’s comments fly in the face of SADC’s endorsement of Zimbabwe’s elections, which have also been disputed by the opposition MDCs in Zimbabwe, civil society groups and regional observer teams present during the polls.

FULL ARTICLE (SW Radio Africa)

Photo: GovenmentZA/flickr

30 Oct
Zim’s elusive reconstruction agenda | Trevor Maisiri
The Sadc mediation process in Zimbabwe can be logically prescribed into three phases: the pre-2008 election phase; immediate post-2008 election; and the Global Political Agreement (GPA) phase.
The pre-2008 election phase is defined by the initiation of active mediation by Sadc in Zimbabwe, as mandated by the extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on March 29 2007.
The meeting appointed then South African president Thabo Mbeki to facilitate political dialogue among players in Zimbabwe. This phase covers the period from May 2007 to March 2008.
FULL ARTICLE (The Independent)
Photo: IRIN Photos/Flickr

Zim’s elusive reconstruction agenda | Trevor Maisiri

The Sadc mediation process in Zimbabwe can be logically prescribed into three phases: the pre-2008 election phase; immediate post-2008 election; and the Global Political Agreement (GPA) phase.

The pre-2008 election phase is defined by the initiation of active mediation by Sadc in Zimbabwe, as mandated by the extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, on March 29 2007.

The meeting appointed then South African president Thabo Mbeki to facilitate political dialogue among players in Zimbabwe. This phase covers the period from May 2007 to March 2008.

FULL ARTICLE (The Independent)

Photo: IRIN Photos/Flickr

2 Oct
Zimbabwe civic group forms party | Ray Ndlovu
The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), a consortium of several civic society organisations, at the weekend recast itself into a political party during an annual congress in Harare.
Led by interim chairman Lovemore Madhuku, the NCA will contest the next elections, in 2018, in Zimbabwe. The assembly played a pivotal role in the rejection of the draft referendum in 2000 and was a strong ally of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, at its inception in 1999.
FULL ARTICLE (BDLive) 
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe civic group forms party | Ray Ndlovu

The National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), a consortium of several civic society organisations, at the weekend recast itself into a political party during an annual congress in Harare.

Led by interim chairman Lovemore Madhuku, the NCA will contest the next elections, in 2018, in Zimbabwe. The assembly played a pivotal role in the rejection of the draft referendum in 2000 and was a strong ally of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), led by Morgan Tsvangirai, at its inception in 1999.

FULL ARTICLE (BDLive) 

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

17 Sep
Joice Mujuru wins Cabinet war | Fungi Kwaramba, Godfrey Mtimba and Thelma Chikwanha
As the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe rages on, the faction led by Vice President Joice Mujuru seems to have come out with an edge over the camp believed to be led by Emmerson Mnangagwa in the new Cabinet announced by the 89-year-old leader last Tuesday.
The bulk of ministers in the new Cabinet are said to be Mujuru loyalists, although they publicly deny belonging to any camp.
FULL ARTICLE (Nehanda Radio) 
Photo: Richter Frank-Jurgen/Wikimedia Commons

Joice Mujuru wins Cabinet war | Fungi Kwaramba, Godfrey Mtimba and Thelma Chikwanha

As the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe rages on, the faction led by Vice President Joice Mujuru seems to have come out with an edge over the camp believed to be led by Emmerson Mnangagwa in the new Cabinet announced by the 89-year-old leader last Tuesday.

The bulk of ministers in the new Cabinet are said to be Mujuru loyalists, although they publicly deny belonging to any camp.

FULL ARTICLE (Nehanda Radio) 

Photo: Richter Frank-Jurgen/Wikimedia Commons

29 Aug
Mugabe pushing for Mudenda to be next speaker of parliament | Ray Ndlovu
President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) is rooting to have Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairman Jacob Mudenda become the next speaker of parliament.
The position of speaker of parliament in Zimbabwe now takes an added importance in the country’s new constitution. The speaker becomes the de-facto head of state in the absence of the president and his two deputies.
FULL ARTICLE (BDLive) 
Photo: IRIN Photos/Flickr

Mugabe pushing for Mudenda to be next speaker of parliament | Ray Ndlovu

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) is rooting to have Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission chairman Jacob Mudenda become the next speaker of parliament.

The position of speaker of parliament in Zimbabwe now takes an added importance in the country’s new constitution. The speaker becomes the de-facto head of state in the absence of the president and his two deputies.

FULL ARTICLE (BDLive) 

Photo: IRIN Photos/Flickr

12 Aug
Hot Seat transcript: Trevor Maisiri, Dr Simba Makoni and Joy Mabenge | Violet Gonda
"The irregularities in the election is something we cannot totally disregard, that was contributory to the result that we have seen but also you also need to look at the issues of, especially the MDC-T, the issues of unpreparedness, some of the oversights as they head towards the election. You also look at the MDC Ncube – just also the assumptions and the failures to capitalize and understand the political terrain at that particular moment. So if you look at a summary of what we have, it is a combination of the irregularities in the electoral process but also the unpreparedness by some of the parties that took part in the election."
FULL ARTICLE (SW Radio Africa) 
Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

Hot Seat transcript: Trevor Maisiri, Dr Simba Makoni and Joy Mabenge | Violet Gonda

"The irregularities in the election is something we cannot totally disregard, that was contributory to the result that we have seen but also you also need to look at the issues of, especially the MDC-T, the issues of unpreparedness, some of the oversights as they head towards the election. You also look at the MDC Ncube – just also the assumptions and the failures to capitalize and understand the political terrain at that particular moment. So if you look at a summary of what we have, it is a combination of the irregularities in the electoral process but also the unpreparedness by some of the parties that took part in the election."

FULL ARTICLE (SW Radio Africa) 

Photo: Sokwanele - Zimbabwe/Flickr

"I expect Mr. Mugabe will extend a hand to the MDC… you’re going to see a different Robert Mugabe. I think he knows he’s under pressure by the people and his party to get the economy to perform."

Zimbabwe Asked to Nullify Election | Devon Maylie

FULL ARTICLE (Wall Street Journal) 

6 Aug
Zimbabwe’s MDC struggles for survival after election disaster | Stella Mapenzauswa
Zimbabwe’s MDC party, shocked by its overwhelming election defeat, has a battle on its hands to convince supporters it has any chance of taking power in the years to come.
The Movement for Democratic Change’s survival may depend on a shakeup of its leadership, which many say was naive in entering a four-year unity government with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF after a decade of acrimony and conflict.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters) 
Photo: Sokwanele-Zimbabwe/Flickr

Zimbabwe’s MDC struggles for survival after election disaster | Stella Mapenzauswa

Zimbabwe’s MDC party, shocked by its overwhelming election defeat, has a battle on its hands to convince supporters it has any chance of taking power in the years to come.

The Movement for Democratic Change’s survival may depend on a shakeup of its leadership, which many say was naive in entering a four-year unity government with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF after a decade of acrimony and conflict.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters) 

Photo: Sokwanele-Zimbabwe/Flickr

5 Aug
Odds are against Morgan Tsvangirai to change Zimbabwe’s course | Andrew England 
During a decade in opposition battling the autocratic rule of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, Morgan Tsvangirai was beaten, arrested and demonised as a puppet of the west.
He has come close to reaching the apex of power but has always been prevented from clearing the final hurdle as he felt the full force of Zanu-PF’s determination to maintain its 33-year grip on Zimbabwe.
FULL ARTICLE (Financial Times)
Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

Odds are against Morgan Tsvangirai to change Zimbabwe’s course | Andrew England 

During a decade in opposition battling the autocratic rule of President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, Morgan Tsvangirai was beaten, arrested and demonised as a puppet of the west.

He has come close to reaching the apex of power but has always been prevented from clearing the final hurdle as he felt the full force of Zanu-PF’s determination to maintain its 33-year grip on Zimbabwe.

FULL ARTICLE (Financial Times)

Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr

1 Aug
Will Mugabe win again in Zimbabwe’s election? | The World Tonight
International Crisis Group analyst Piers Pigou speaks with BBC Radio 4 about the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe. 
Section starts at 33:00.
FULL INTERVIEW (BBC Radio 4)
Photo: LeoKoolhoven/Flickr

Will Mugabe win again in Zimbabwe’s election? | The World Tonight

International Crisis Group analyst Piers Pigou speaks with BBC Radio 4 about the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe. 

Section starts at 33:00.

FULL INTERVIEW (BBC Radio 4)

Photo: LeoKoolhoven/Flickr