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Regional solidarity statement on Zimbabwe
August 01, 2013
Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum notes with concern the premature announcement
by the leader of the African Union Observer Team, former Nigerian
President, Olusegun Obasanjo, who has provisionally declared Zimbabwe
elections free and fair as polls close after a day of voting.
by opposition parties, in particular those raised by MDC-T Secretary
Tendai Biti, and the numerous concerns regarding the electoral climate
raised in statements issued by Zimbabwean civics and regional solidarity
movements appear to have been completely disregarded.
the diabolical manner in which the flawed voters roll has been dealt
with, and the varied forms of repression and intimidation that have
been well documented and clearly presented, cast the AU statement
that the election is free and fair in an extremely dubious light.
Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum has stated repeatedly, based on the SADC
Guidelines on Governing Democratic Elections and the African Charter
on Democracy, Elections and Governance that the credibility of an
election does not rest on the conduct of voters at voting stations
on the days of the election alone.
In the run up
to the polling day the SADC mediation team, speaking on behalf of
the African Union as a whole, raised serious concerns about reforms
which had been deliberately ignored and purposively circumvented.
The failure to act on these reforms, agreed and signed by all conflicting
parties, and guaranteed by SADC as a signatory to the Global Political
Agreement are a massive set back for the regional and continental
the outcome of the election, efforts to increase meaningful citizen
participation in decision making processes regarding their elected
leaders, have been dealt a resounding slap in the face.
As the biased
and severely tainted Zimbabwe Electoral Commission sits on the results
that trickle in, ensuring that it has full control over how these
results are reported on, it will be important to seek out and listen
to the voices of those who have been on the receiving end of decades
of violent policies that have failed to respond to the material
needs of ordinary Zimbabweans. Millions of people are likely to
remain living in poverty, and as the militarized elite consolidates
its grip on power the future for Zimbabweans in and outside of the
country remains highly precarious.
in the process of building a deep culture of people-to-people solidarity
amongst citizens across the region will have to inform and guide
the next steps of these important forms of social organisation.
Workers struggles amongst those affected by an increasingly voracious
extractive sector, and a rapacious state, have suffered further
setbacks, and there is much work to be done to build solidarity
across the working classes.
New forms of
organisation will have to be found, and increasingly sophisticated
ways of mobilising and organising people into new forms of power
will have to be developed. We will need to find forms of organisation
that cannot be circumvented by the technically flawed and deeply
circumspect current systems of voting that cannot any longer be
argued to be legitimate representations of the will of the people.
Solidarity Forum is a network movement of progressive South African
civil society organisations, including youth, women, labour, faith-based,
human rights and student formations that are engaged in the promotion
of people-to-people solidarity for sustainable peace, democracy
and human & peoples’ rights in Zimbabwe, engaged with
and supported by regional counterparts and solidarity formations
in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique,
Namibia and Swaziland
On the 17th
July 2013 at a multi-sectoral gathering of civil society formations
from across Southern Africa, meeting under the banner of the Zimbabwe
Solidarity Forum, solidarity activists resolved to commit themselves
to a solidarity action plan in support of their Zimbabwean counterparts.
This action plan continues.
representatives at the Regional Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum meeting
held on the 17th of July.
were drawn from the following formations:
- The Zimbabwe
Solidarity Forum Secretariat
- ACTION Support
in Zimbabwe Coalition
- African Diaspora
Peace and Counseling Services
- Local Peace
Committees from Orange Farm, Alexandra and Soweto
- Namibia National
- Gauteng Concerned
- Zambia Social
- Germany Trade
- Malawi Economic
- World Federation
of Trade Unions (WFTU)
- Media Coalition
- DRC Diaspora
- ANC branches
Solidarity Formation in Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania,
Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland
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