The Zimbabwe Vigil has had a soft spot for the British newspaper the Guardian ever since its brave report justifying ‘Murambatsvina’. As the homes and businesses of some 700,000 of the poorest were trashed, the Guardian hailed it as visionary town planning.
HARARE – Police in Zimbabwe have charged a local non-governmental organisation, the Electoral Resource Centre, for allegedly conducting voter education without the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s authorization. Below is the response from the ERC.
The arrest of MDC-T Youth Assembly President Solomon Madzore today on charges of insulting President Mugabe paints a picture we have all become too familiar with. Mugabe has become a supreme being, whose image cannot be questioned, criticized or insulted.
‘Delay, deceive and destroy’ is how Welshman Ncube describes Zanu PF’s tactics as it fights to maintain Zimbabwe’s status as the third poorest country in the world. (Poor, that is, for the people – not the rulers.
Following complaints raised by colleague ministers and responses proffered by the office of the Registrar General, it was clear that there is need for the ministers of Home Affairs to come up with clear policy guidelines.
LONDON – Despite renewed pressure from SADC for the full implementation of the GPA, President Mugabe exuded confidence that he will win the elections he insisted should be held last year or the year before that at the latest.
While we have much to commemorate we also have a lot still to achieve before we can say that all Zimbabweans are really free. We cannot ignore the millions who live in poverty and who cannot benefit from political freedom, as they face a daily struggle to survive.
That prosecutors have now charged civil rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa with calling police ‘cockroaches’ shows an unexpected sensitivity. Mind you, the police do seem to be all over the place, scuttling away as soon as the light shines on them, only to regather in the dark.
The recent statement by Keith Khoza, spokesperson for the African National Congress, that the party continues to support Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF is shameful and perplexing. It comes against the background of ZANU-PF’S active support of Julius Malema.
This bulletin explains, step by step, the current position and future steps with regard to the new constitution in Zimbabwe. It is a sequel to our 27 March issue titled ‘What will happen after the Referendum?’ which can be accessed here.
SADC Tribunal Rights Watch is gravely concerned about the European Union (EU)’s suspension of travel and financial restrictions instituted in 2002 against 81 officials and eight firms in Zimbabwe in response to systematic human rights abuses and political violence.