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Crisis Report Issue 202
in Zimbabwe Coalition
July 23, 2013
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Troika meets on Zimbabwe…expresses hope of redress for special
African Development Community (SADC) held a Summit of the Organ
on Defence, Politics and Security Cooperation in Pretoria
on July 20, ostensibly to deal with DRC, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
The meeting was chaired by His Excellency President Jakaya Mrisho
Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and Chairperson
of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
was also attended by Mozambican President and SADC Chairperson Armando
Guebuza, South African President, Jacob Zuma, Namibian Foreign Affairs
Minister Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwa, as well as the Executive Secretary
of SADC, Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomao. The meeting released an unrevealing
post summit communiqué, where on Zimbabwe they, “…
noted the problems that arose during the special vote on 14-15 July
2013 and would like to commend ZEC for taking these up as challenges
to be overcome on the 31st of July, and called upon all political
parties to cooperate as fully as possible with ZEC in order to ensure
that it is able to meet these challenges.”
communiqué has had some Zimbabweans worried that SADC is
tracking back on its hard but progressive stance from Maputo where
clear reforms were articulated as being prerequisites
before the elections, while others believe that SADC has now
given President Robert Mugabe a long rope by which to hang himself.
McDonald Lewanika, the Director of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition,
urged caution in reading the Summits communiqué.
with SADC has shown us that Communiqués are public notes
that are always devoid of details and only serve to highlight key
issues that were discussed without necessarily sharing details.
If one wants to understand or judge the meeting, one needs to be
privy to the deliberations and minutes of the meetings.
moment, thinking that SADC has thrown in the towel on Zimbabwe or
has given ZEC a ‘get out of jail free card’, while understandable,
is clearly the conclusion reached by those who choose to ignore
that the Summit was held because the region is concerned about the
developments on the ground and would like to see ZEC and other electoral
stakeholders take corrective action ahead of July 31.
train is in motion, and SADC has deployed its biggest observer delegation
(over 600) to Zimbabwe in history, led by Tanzania. The leaders
had a responsibility to be measured in terms of what they put out
to the public, without preempting their own observer mission, which
has been on the ground since April, and launched on Tuesday the
9th of June.”
Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition (CiZC) Spokesperson Thabani Nyoni said: “The important
thing to note is that Zimbabwe is clearly still within SADC’s
radar, and while the public communication through the communiqué
may suggest that SADC has taken a diplomatic expedient route in
mediating the process in Zimbabwe, it is clear that they are aware
and seized with the challenges experienced in the electoral process
challenge is that the weak wording of the communiqué may
embolden Zanu-PF’s strategy to prevent a free, transparent
and credible election, thinking that the region has taken its foot
off the peddle.”
Association of Non Governmental Organisations (NANGO) Secretary
General Michael Mabwe - despite the confusing signal from SADC,
said it remained praiseworthy that the regional bloc kept its radar
trained on Zimbabwe. He emphasized that the will of the people must
be respected in the election.
must be commended for remaining seized with the Zimbabwean issue
as we move towards the elections. Strong measures must be taken
to make sure that the chaos that we witnessed when the special vote
was conducted is not repeated because if that happens many people
will fail to cast their votes and already the voter registration
process, which saw them failing to register, negatively affected
of paramount importance that the will of the people must be reflected
in the results that will be announced thus all measures necessary
must be put in place to make sure that the people’s vote is
not stolen, and ZEC must especially make sure that the will of the
people is respected,” Mabwe said.
The SADC Troika
Summit of the Organ on Defense, Politics and Security Cooperation
held in Pretoria in South Africa on Saturday July 20 praised the
political parties for being committed to a “peaceful environment”
and encouraged the parties to work towards “credible elections”.
The SADC Troika
called on all political parties to cooperate as fully as possible
with ZEC in order to ensure that it is able to meet challenges experienced
June, last month at the Press Club in Bulawayo, Crisis in Zimbabwe
Coalition (CiZC) Regional Information and Advocacy Coordinator Joy
Mabenge foreclosed the possibility that Zimbabweans would accept
peaceful election that had been manipulated, insisting, “We
want the whole package”.
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