|The ZIMBABWE Situation||Our
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- may peace, truth and justice prevail.
The announcement came after a fresh round of talks in the capital, Harare, failed to produce a breakthrough.
Commonwealth observers said the election, which was won by President Robert Mugabe, was marred by a climate of fear and violence against opposition supporters.
The talks are taking place under South African and Nigerian mediation. These two countries contributed to the Commonwealth decision to suspend Zimbabwe for a year.
After the talks, the head of the MDC delegation, Welshman Ncube, said the legitimacy of President Mugabe remained an issue and "in our view that legitimacy flows from a free and fair election".
The Justice Minister, Patrick Chinamasa, urged the MDC to "accept the legitimacy of the government."
The talks began against a backdrop of rising tension in Zimbabwe.
Last weekend police broke up anti-government demonstrations in Harare and other parts of the country.
Discussions are now due to resume on 13 May.
The agenda will cover "conditions for normal political activity" and the legitimacy of last month's election.
Other topics are expected to include confidence-building measures, politically-motivated violence and Zimbabwe's constitution.
Nana Zenani, the official spokesperson for the South African Ministry of Agriculture and Land Affairs is reported to have recently said; “We answer to Southern African Development Community (SADC) if we can export (maize) to Zimbabwe. We do not just resume exports as a government. We will resume depending on what SADC will have ordered us to do.”
Perhaps someone ought to let Nana know that the cruel irony is that SADC’s Food Security Programme is headed by none other than Zimbabwe – a country now teetering on the brink of starvation.
It just blows my mind knowing that approximately 60% of the world’s gold reserves, 75% of its rare earths, 75% of its manganese, 65% of its phosphate, 55% of its cobalt, 90% of its chromium, and 60% of its diamonds are located, mostly, in Southern Africa … yet SADC countries are increasingly having problems feeding their populations.
Oh, the misery of the loss of human life through starvation. What a price to pay for the perverted preservation of political power.
L Mylie / New Zealand
On Monday, 26 March, 15 African heads of state were meeting in Nigeria to endorse a draft document committing their countries to uphold the principles of democracy and good governance. In particular, they are pledging themselves to:
Yet New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). Have endorsed the most flagrant disregards, by Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe, of all six principles.
The sorry truth is that these African leaders, led by South Africa's Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo, are committed to these fine principles, but only if it will not entail, for instance, turning their backs on the so-called African Solidarity. What silly nonsense is this? Of course, Mbeki and Obasanjo try to brush aside this ugly truth by arguing, amazingly, that the gross excesses committed by Mugabe to ensure his re-election are acceptable by "African standards". This is not only astonishing; it also is hypocrisy at its worst considering that we have Mbeki whining on about Western double standards, arguing, or at least implying, that the application of Western standards of civilisation is "inappropriate" to developing countries in Africa!
Zimbabweans are suffering daily of hunger, persecution, harassment, rape, abduction and torture by so-called war veterans by state sponsored militia. The illegal farm occupation and seizure's are unacceptable and UN-lawful. Zimbabwe's demise politically,economically and socially is a direct result of Mr Mugabe's and Zanu-PF's continued oppressive procedures and policies.
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