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From the NAACP (US), 22 March
Mfume says Mugabe's treatment of opposition is anti-democratic
Kweisi Mfume, President & CEO, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), today criticized Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe for his government's decision to charge opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai with treason following his recent presidential election. Mfume sent a letter of protest to the Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United States. Mfume said: "The election is over. This sort of heavy handedness to kill off all opposition voices is too much for anyone to be silent about. These actions indicate that Mugabe does not want to live by the basic tenets of a democratic election. You cannot run a democracy by jailing the opposition and everyone who disagrees with you." Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, led the opposition to Mugabe in last week's presidential election. Yesterday, Tsvangirai was charged with treason for an alleged plot to assassinate Mugabe. Mfume said actions like these "can have a chilling effect on democracy in Zimbabwe and work against the precepts of the democratic process."
In a letter to Simbi Veke Mubako, Zimbabwe Ambassador to the United States, Mfume said: "The NAACP believes that democracy is a necessary precondition for social, political and economic transformation and crucial to attracting assistance for the development of the developing world. It is in this spirit that I write to you concerning the treatment of Morgan Tsvangirai and other opposition leaders." Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.