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"AU, SADC Should Strip Mugabe of Chairmanship"

TsvangiHSThe publication of the South African (SA) Judicial Observer Mission Report to Zimbabwe’s 2002 Presidential election and the ruling of the SA Constitutional Court that that country’s Police must investigate crimes against humanity perpetrated in Zimbabwe in 2008 place SA in a unique position to impact the crisis in Zimbabwe.

In fact SA has always been in that unique position, by proximity and economics, so much so that it was she who influenced Smith’s Rhodesia Front government to negotiate with Zanu (PF) to end the 1970s crisis, leading to the birth of Zimbabwe, itself to later become the bulwark of support for SA's Liberation.

But post-apartheid SA led by former members of that movement has done precious little to help Zimbabwe out of her little crisis, and might even be said to have perpetuated the crisis, with Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Montlanthe directly implicated in the Khampepe Report. Tsvangirai: Appalled by conduct of SA Presidency

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 22:32

Khampepe, Opportunity To Reform Zimbabwe Elections Now

Press Release
The Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) welcomes the publishing of the Khampepe Report into the 2002 Presidential Elections following a Constitutional Court order at the instigation of the Mail and Guardian newspaper.

The report concluded  that “However, having regard to all the circumstances, and in particular the cumulative substantial departures from international standards of free and fair elections found in Zimbabwe during the pre-election period, these elections, in our view, cannot be considered to be free and fair.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 17:29

Oh Dear, Mukuvisi River Has Come to Harare City Centre

Cars parked along Samora Machel Avenue right in Harare city centre Pic: Newsday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 17:25

An Agenda for The MDC

MwonzoraDouglasOn November 1 the MDC concluded its historically defining congress which came against the bedrock of a needless rebellion led by what are now referred to as Renewal Team. The timing and manner of this rebellion was clearly meant to cripple the MDC and ostracise its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Having failed to dislodge Morgan Tsvangirai the only hope for the so called Renewal Team was for a failed congress. However in the face of a very successful and orderly congress the new hope for both the Renewal Team and Zanu PF now lies in the new leadership failing in its duty to lead the people of Zimbabwe to victory - a huge responsibility that lies on the shoulders of the new leadership.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:26

"Charge Herald With Incitement," Sikhala

Outspoken MDC activist, Job Sikhala has warned journalists and publishers of The Herald that, like the Rwandan Radio Station that was charged with inciting genocide, they will be liable for the violence resulting from their propaganda.

In a social media message in response to the ongoing torment of Zanu (PF) officials based on Herald stories, Sikhala said, the newspaper cooked its own fiction and passed it on as authentic journalism. Sikhala with MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:13

'Mugabe Tortured, Cheated in 2002 Election. Mbeki Protected Him'

The South African Mail and Guardian (M&G)'s ten year struggle to access the Khampepe Report into the 2002 Zimbabwean Elections has ended with it being released - it vindicates those who thought the election was not free and fair.

The two judges who were commissioned by President Thabo Mbeki to carry out the study - Dikgang Moseneke and Sisi Khampepe, concluded, for what its worth now, that the three-day voting process complied with the legislative requirements.

But there was also pre-election intimidation, killing of 107, mainly opposition members, lengthy legal battles to change laws in favour of the Zanu-PF - mainly around citizenship and the reduction of polling stations in urban areas where the MDC had its strongest support base.

Linear lesions all over the body caused by beatings with sjamboks and a chain. Pic by Solidarity Peace Trust who also documented that mutilating torture beyond any doubt was practised by government supporters against their political opponents in the post 2002 election period. Did President Mbeki deliberately hide the truth?

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:43

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