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Troika expected to hold Zim summit Saturday
Alex Bell, SW Radio Africa
July 18, 2013
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arm of the regional SADC grouping, the Troika, is expected to hold
a summit on Zimbabwe this weekend ahead of the elections due in
less than two weeks time.
sources, the summit could be held in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday.
It is understood that South African President Jacob Zuma has been
in discussion with his Troika partners, amid concern that the coming
elections will not be credible.
Calls to Zuma’s
international relations advisor, Lindiwe Zulu, went unanswered on
Thursday. But SW Radio Africa understands that meetings have been
happening behind the scenes of Zimbabwe’s election process,
with pressure building on SADC to ensure that the election is free
The MDC-T said
last week that it had written to SADC urging it to meet and review
the situation in Zimbabwe and whether it will result in a credible
poll. MDC-T Secretary General Tendai Biti said during a press conference
that his party has had no choice but to return to SADC, because
of ZANU PF’s ongoing refusal to implement the key changes
that would ensure the July 31st poll is credible.
groups and international human rights groups have also been pressuring
SADC over Zimbabwe’s polls. Also last week Amnesty International
wrote to SADC and the African Union (AU) warning that the credibility
of the July 31st poll is in doubt. The group released a new report
detailing an intensified campaign of harassment and intimidation,
aimed at members of the Zimbabwe civil society sector.
‘Walk the Talk’ details how the police have conducted
systematic raids on different groups’ offices, arbitrarily
arrested human rights defenders and seized equipment to intimidate
and disrupt the work of the organisations.
on the work of human rights defenders is a worrying indicator that
government agencies remain actively hostile to civil society,”
said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Africa Deputy Programme
SW Radio Africa that the groups being targeted have been carrying
out election related human rights work, and with less than two weeks
until the election, this trend threatens the credibility of the
this week went on to petition South Africa and Tanzania, as the
key members of the SADC regional grouping and members of the SADC
Troika, to ensure a violence-free, credible election in Zimbabwe.
A group of Amnesty
campaigners on Thursday presented 7,000 ‘action cards’
to the South African High Commission and an 11,000 strong petition
to the Tanzanian High Commission in London, urging the countries
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