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for power sharing in Zimbabwe
Chitiyo, Director, Africa program, Royal United Services Institute,
Interviewed by Stephanie Hanson, News Editor, Council on Foreign
July 08, 2008
interview on the Council on Foreign Relations website
Since Zimbabwe's presidential
election in March, widespread reports indicate senior army officers
have led a campaign of violence and intimidation targeting Zimbabwe's
opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and
its supporters. Knox Chitiyo, head of the Africa program at the
Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies,
says President Robert Mugabe and a small group of military officials
are still running the country collaboratively. The security officers
might agree to a power-sharing government, he says, but only if
the opposition party were granted a junior role in the government.
Chitiyo says they would never accept Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of
the MDC, as president.
Both the government and
the opposition are resistant to negotiations, but Chitiyo says there
is pressure on both sides. The government is on the brink of economic
collapse, he says, and may soon be unable to pay the security forces—a
result that would represent "a nighmare scenario for the state."
The opposition, on the other hand, has no other options. "Like
it or not, Tsvangirai will have to negotiate with Mugabe,"
Chitiyo says. The role of state officials in extreme violence has
raised questions about justice and reconciliation under a transitional
government. "If the price of peace is justice, it may be a
price that has to be paid," he says. "I suspect most people
would rather have peace at the moment than justice because the violence
has just been so terrible."
Duration: 6min 35sec
Date: July 08, 2008
File Type: MP3
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