Showing posts tagged as "zimbabwe"

Showing posts tagged zimbabwe

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.

10 May
'Zimbabwe not ready for poll' | Mail & Guardian
By Farai Shoko
Zimbabwe is not ready for elections and faces the risk of a violent or illegitimate election because it has not reformed all areas that it promised to when the unity government was set up, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
Both Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have insisted elections will go ahead this year at a date yet to be set. However, in its report released this week, titled “Storm Clouds in Zimbabwe: Scenarios Ahead of the Elections”, the watchdog said that unless the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is able to push for reforms, particularly in the security sector, the country will end up with another disputed election reminiscent of the 2008 poll, whose outcome was contested.
"The MDC formations have called for the full resolution of outstanding election roadmap issues even after adoption of a new Constitution. Zanu-PF says the new Constitution should supersede the roadmap. Without agreement on such important issues, Zimbabwe is not ready for elections," the group said.
FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)
Photo: Flickr/Gregg Carlstrom

'Zimbabwe not ready for poll' | Mail & Guardian

By Farai Shoko

Zimbabwe is not ready for elections and faces the risk of a violent or illegitimate election because it has not reformed all areas that it promised to when the unity government was set up, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Both Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have insisted elections will go ahead this year at a date yet to be set. However, in its report released this week, titled “Storm Clouds in Zimbabwe: Scenarios Ahead of the Elections”, the watchdog said that unless the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is able to push for reforms, particularly in the security sector, the country will end up with another disputed election reminiscent of the 2008 poll, whose outcome was contested.

"The MDC formations have called for the full resolution of outstanding election roadmap issues even after adoption of a new Constitution. Zanu-PF says the new Constitution should supersede the roadmap. Without agreement on such important issues, Zimbabwe is not ready for elections," the group said.

FULL ARTICLE (Mail & Guardian)

Photo: Flickr/Gregg Carlstrom

7 May
Zimbabwe: Election Scenarios
Johannesburg/Brussels   |   6 May 2013
The pervasive fear of violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections contradicts political leaders’ rhetorical commitments to peace, and raises concerns that the country may not be ready to go to the polls.
Zimbabwe: Election Scenarios, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, reviews developments in what remains an inchoate political environment, and describes possible paths towards elections, expected to be held between July and November this year.
Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government – the country’s uneasy power-sharing experiment, based on a 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA) between, principally, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party – averted greater political violence and repression. But it has not delivered political or economic stability. A reasonably free, conclusive vote is still possible, but so too are disputed polls or even a military intervention by security officials supporting, and profiting from, Mugabe’s continued rule.
The report’s major findings and recommendations are:
There is lack of consensus and clarity among the GPA partners on reforms following the 16 March constitutional referendum. The country must not rush into elections before addressing these concerns as well as the practical implementation of necessary reforms. Without these, deferring the vote may be appropriate.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC), in particular South Africa, remains central to shaping a credible vote and legitimising its outcome. SADC must convene a heads of state summit on Zimbabwe that emphasises compliance with the community’s “Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections”. It should also establish a liaison office in Harare to monitor and evaluate electoral preparations; define strict benchmarks for compliance by the GPA parties; and establish clear monitoring and observation roles in the election.
Pro-democracy institutions established under the GPA need much more support. The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, in particular, needs to be enhanced throughurgent permanent deployment of SADC officials; deployment of additional monitors in the provinces; independent investigation of alleged interference by state security forces in politics; and extension of its mandate to cover the entire election period and its aftermath.
“Continued violations of the GPA, the lack of reform and the recent rejection of a UN election needs assessment mission suggest that conditions for peaceful, credible elections are not yet in place”, says Comfort Ero, Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director. “The new constitution could provide the basis for moving forward, but its immediate political impact will be limited and it is unlikely to ensure free and fair elections”.
“Elections in a context of acute divisions will not provide stability”, says Piers Pigou, Southern Africa Project Director. “The Southern African Development Community must define and enforce the necessary minimum conditions for a credible vote, and ensure the country does not rush into elections before there is clarity and consensus on – and implementation of – necessary reforms”.
FULL REPORT

Zimbabwe: Election Scenarios

Johannesburg/Brussels   |   6 May 2013

The pervasive fear of violence and intimidation in Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections contradicts political leaders’ rhetorical commitments to peace, and raises concerns that the country may not be ready to go to the polls.

Zimbabwe: Election Scenarios, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, reviews developments in what remains an inchoate political environment, and describes possible paths towards elections, expected to be held between July and November this year.

Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government – the country’s uneasy power-sharing experiment, based on a 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA) between, principally, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party – averted greater political violence and repression. But it has not delivered political or economic stability. A reasonably free, conclusive vote is still possible, but so too are disputed polls or even a military intervention by security officials supporting, and profiting from, Mugabe’s continued rule.

The report’s major findings and recommendations are:

  • There is lack of consensus and clarity among the GPA partners on reforms following the 16 March constitutional referendum. The country must not rush into elections before addressing these concerns as well as the practical implementation of necessary reforms. Without these, deferring the vote may be appropriate.
  • The Southern African Development Community (SADC), in particular South Africa, remains central to shaping a credible vote and legitimising its outcome. SADC must convene a heads of state summit on Zimbabwe that emphasises compliance with the community’s “Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections”. It should also establish a liaison office in Harare to monitor and evaluate electoral preparations; define strict benchmarks for compliance by the GPA parties; and establish clear monitoring and observation roles in the election.
  • Pro-democracy institutions established under the GPA need much more support. The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, in particular, needs to be enhanced throughurgent permanent deployment of SADC officials; deployment of additional monitors in the provinces; independent investigation of alleged interference by state security forces in politics; and extension of its mandate to cover the entire election period and its aftermath.

“Continued violations of the GPA, the lack of reform and the recent rejection of a UN election needs assessment mission suggest that conditions for peaceful, credible elections are not yet in place”, says Comfort Ero, Crisis Group’s Africa Program Director. “The new constitution could provide the basis for moving forward, but its immediate political impact will be limited and it is unlikely to ensure free and fair elections”.

“Elections in a context of acute divisions will not provide stability”, says Piers Pigou, Southern Africa Project Director. “The Southern African Development Community must define and enforce the necessary minimum conditions for a credible vote, and ensure the country does not rush into elections before there is clarity and consensus on – and implementation of – necessary reforms”.

FULL REPORT