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  • Crisis Director gives testimony before US House of Rep’s Subcommittee
    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
    September 13, 2013

    Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Director MacDonal Lawenika on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Harare have a testimony on the state of affairs in Zimbabwe to the United States (US) House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human rights and International Organisations.

    Lawenika addressed the Subcommittee at its invitation and in line with civil society’s attempts to influence to influence US and global policy on Zimbabwe, where he spoke on a number of current issues n the country.

    Among the issues that Lawenika discussed was the need to maintain humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe by US aid agencies such as USAID in the fight to combat diseased such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis. But he maintained that on the democratisation front the current stance of pressuring the Zimbabwean government to uphold human rights emphasizing that:

    “With a dominant Authoritarian regime, the need to support alternatives and to continue supporting democratic actors cannot be overstated.”

    On the issue of diamond mining in Zimbabwe, Lawenika urged the US to be more supportive of the call by local civil society to ensure transparency in mining subsector and reform of the Kimberly Process towards a focus on human rights noting:

    “The US government and other international players need to implore the new government under the Zanu-PF stewardship to support and strengthen this initiative (Zimbabwe Mining Revenue Transparency) since it can play a pivotal and strategic role in enhancing Zimbabwe’s beneficiation and value addition in Diamonds and extractive industry as a whole.

    Lawenika also spoke about the deviation of SADC from its Principles and Guidelines in judging the July 31 Zimbabwe elections, and AU ‘s seeming lack of commitment on democratisation and the appointment of the new Cabinet as it relates to the foreign relations of Zimbabwe with countries such as the US and other strategic global players.

    He also spoke on the need for security reform in the country in line with SADC’s protocol on Politics Defense and Security Cooperation among other issues.

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