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Africa Day congratulatory message: AU @ 50: whither Zimbabwe
May 24, 2013
Union (AU) Commission Chairperson
Dr Nkosana Dlamini Zuma
P.O. Box 3243
25 May 2013
Africa Day Congratulatory Message: AU @ 50: Whither Zimbabwe
The above matter
We hope we find
you well. We would like to congratulate the African Union (AU) formerly
the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on the attainment of 50
years. In 2013, Africa is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
African Union with the theme “2013, Year of Pan-Africanism
and African Renaissance”, as Heal Zimbabwe we understand that
Pan Africanism is a movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans
worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic,
social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift”
people of African descent. Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) stand shoulder
high with you and the rest of the continent on this great occasion
and wish Africa all the best in its endeavours.
As we celebrate
this important day in African history, HZT extends its heartfelt
appreciation of the efforts of the African Union in ensuring that
Zimbabwe did not slide into total chaos during the 2008
political violence. Zimbabweans recall with pride the African
Union’s stance on Zimbabwe in the resort town of Sharm El
Sheikh, Egypt in June 2008 which stipulated clearly the need to
urgently restore order and normalcy in Zimbabwe. The country after
the intervention of AU through SADC has recorded relative peace
and stability. It is HZT's hope that as the country heads
for watershed elections later on in 2013, AU will continue to
ensure that the gains of stability and relative peacefulness that
have characterized the country over the past four years are not
eroded through violent elections. It is our plea that AU through
SADC set and demand a clear election roadmap from political leaders
that guarantee free, fair and peaceful elections.
Your Excellency, you will recall that more than 200 people lost
their lives during the 2008 political skirmishes, thousands were
displaced, many women were sexually assaulted and many livelihoods
destroyed. As a result of the 2008 political violence, elections
to Zimbabweans especially those who reside in rural areas are synonymous
to political violence. In line with AU's vision for “An integrated,
prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing
a dynamic force in the global arena” there is need for Zimbabwe
and other troubled countries to learn the culture of carrying out
peaceful and democratic elections.
We believe that
some of AU's objectives of promoting peace, security, and stability
in the continent go hand in hand with our quest and demand for our
political leaders to respect the right to life by shunning political
violence. AU’s efforts to ensure that elections in Zimbabwe
are free, fair and peaceful will be most appreciated.
For and On behalf
of Victims of political Violence in Zimbabwe.
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