Showing posts tagged as "zimbabwe"

Showing posts tagged zimbabwe

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

31 Jul
Bleak Outlook for Zimbabwe’s Election | John Campbell
The International Crisis Group (ICG) is a distinguished non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to conflict prevention. On July 29 it issued an important report, Zimbabwe’s Elections: Mugabe’s Last Stand. It suggests that the aftermath of the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe is likely to be a protracted and violent political crisis.
Even before polling started, there have been reports of ruling-party aligned state security services resorting to violence and intimidation against opponents of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.
FULL ARTICLE (Council on Foreign Relations)
Photo: World Economic Forum/Flickr 

Bleak Outlook for Zimbabwe’s Election | John Campbell

The International Crisis Group (ICG) is a distinguished non-governmental organization (NGO) devoted to conflict prevention. On July 29 it issued an important report, Zimbabwe’s Elections: Mugabe’s Last Stand. It suggests that the aftermath of the July 31 elections in Zimbabwe is likely to be a protracted and violent political crisis.

Even before polling started, there have been reports of ruling-party aligned state security services resorting to violence and intimidation against opponents of Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.

FULL ARTICLE (Council on Foreign Relations)

Photo: World Economic Forum/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

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

16 Jul
Will Zimbabwe have free and fair elections? | eNCA
Early voting began this weekend in Zimbabwe ahead of elections on July 31, as security forces who are expected to keep the peace on polling day cast their ballots in advance.
FULL ARTICLE (eNews Channel Africa)
Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

Will Zimbabwe have free and fair elections? | eNCA

Early voting began this weekend in Zimbabwe ahead of elections on July 31, as security forces who are expected to keep the peace on polling day cast their ballots in advance.

FULL ARTICLE (eNews Channel Africa)

Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr

8 Jul
Tsvangirai joins forces with Makoni in bid to defeat Mugabe | Business Day
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) on Monday announced a coalition with Simba Makoni, the leader of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) political party, as the country’s largest opposition group manoeuvres to boost its chances of defeating President Robert Mugabe in the July 31 national election.
FULL ARTICLE (Business Day) 
Photo: Steve Punter/Wikimedia Commons

Tsvangirai joins forces with Makoni in bid to defeat Mugabe | Business Day

Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) on Monday announced a coalition with Simba Makoni, the leader of the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) political party, as the country’s largest opposition group manoeuvres to boost its chances of defeating President Robert Mugabe in the July 31 national election.

FULL ARTICLE (Business Day) 

Photo: Steve Punter/Wikimedia Commons

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

20 May

Piers Pigou, Southern Africa Project Director, and Trevor Maisiri, Southern Africa Senior Analyst, talk about tensions surrounding Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections in this video. We recently published a report looking at possible paths towards elections, expected to be held between July and November this year.