Tag Archives: SADC

Zimbabwean Leader Prevented From Leaving Country!

Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change,(MDC) was detained at the Haare airport and prevented from leaving to attend a meeting of the Southern African
Development Community(SADC) where President Mbeki of South Africa was to inform the group of progress being made to resolve issues in Zimbawe. “They have taken our passports,” said Tsvangirai, “this is a reflection of their(MUgabe) insincerity. They want to talk to us, yet they behave like hooligans.” The incident occurred as reports were circulating in Haare that President Mugabe was trying to get around African demands he share power with Tsvangirai by making a separate agreement with a small faction that has broken away from the MDC. Tsvangirai said he would continue talks with Mugabe despite the provocation created by denying him the right to attend an important African meeting.

President Mbeki is under pressure from the SADC which wants results of an agreement. There is widespread concern at failure on the part of Mbeki to be even-handed in dealing with the conflict because many believe he has been protecting President Mugabe. Many believe if Mbeki had been more forceful in denouncing the Mugabe instigated violence in Zimbabwe there might have been greater effort on the part of the Zimbabwean leader to come to the negotiating table in a more concerned manner.

African Community Pushes For Zimbabwe Peace

The South Africa Development Community (SADC) which has been pushing for President Mugabe and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) to cooperate made clear both parties had to be more willing to display conciliation. A SDAC summit to “discuss the Zimbabwean crisis in light of the talks” was convened to make it clear to President Mugabe, in particular, he must be ready to give the MDC a greater voice in governing Zimbabwe. The will of the people of Zimbabwe was expressed in March, 2008 elections when Morgan Tsvbangirai won a majority of votes cast, but it is unlikely what the people desire will ever come to fruition due to the intransigent behavior of Mugabe and his ruthless henchmen who fear abandoning power.

Morgan Tsvangirai said he was “fairly satisfied” with the talks, but even as he spoke, the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights issued demands for Mugabe’s so-called “war veterans” to cease their intimidation and harassment campaign against followers of the MDC. There continue to be examples of the “war veterans”(few of whom ever fought in the struggle against Great Britain for independence) are continuing their policy of brutal attacks on anyone who opposes the Mugabe regime.

Violence Sweeps Zimbabwe But Election Proceeds

Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC), insists he will continue his campaign to gain the presidency in the June 27 run-off even as there were increasing signs a “victory” will only result in a “defeat.” The Zimbabwe government and the ruling Zani-PF party have made it clear they are not going to peacefully walk away from power if, by some miracle, Tsvangirai actually can obtain a majority of the votes. Vice President Joseph Msika, told a political rally that “voting for the Movement for Democratic Change will be like voting for Rhodesia and the British which means voting for war.” He made clear any attempt to end “land-reform” will elicit violence on the part of the thugs and crooks who President Mugabe gave land in order to solidify his hold on government. These incompetent government and military leaders have gained control over Zimbabwe’s land and created an economic crisis which means they fear election of a democratic government which would take steps to restore the economic prosperity of the nation.

Mskia shouted, “I will die fighting” which translates into “I am not giving up my riches that Mugabe gave me and anyone trying is going to die.” A military clique will not surrender power to Tsvangirai. In theory, the South African Development Community(SADC) is sending observers, but there is scant hope they actually can guarantee a fair election. There have been secret meetings in South Africa at which proposals were made for a coalition government with Tsvangirai in the role of prime minister but he has apparently rejected that idea.

There is no perfect solution in Zimbabwe because reality is Mugabe and the military junta is not surrendering power to any opposition. Tsvangirai is a noble and democratically minded individual, but he may well have made a mistake in rejecting a coalition government. Sometimes, half a loaf is better than none at all.

Mugabe May Be No Show At Summit Meeting

The government of Zimbabwe raised doubts as to whether President Mugabe would even attend the upcoming summit meeting that was called by the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to discuss recent events surrounding the presidential electiion in Zmbabwe. Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga, said, “We didn’t call for that summit, it was called by SADC…Who invites who is not our perogative, but this summit was done without prior consultation with the government of Zimbabwe.” The SADC is attempting to get the results of the presidential election released which interferes with efforts by Mugabe to retain power and to initiate a program of retaliation against those who dared vote against him.

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, met with President Mbeki of South Africa who has demonstrated by his inaction that he has the backbone of a chocolate eclair when it comes down to fighting for human rights in Zimbabwe. However, the most probable new president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has been demanding that “all parties(including Mugabe) “respect the will of the people regardless of the outcome.”

Amnesty International issued a sttement about the widespread incidents of post election violence in Zimbabwe “suggesting the existence of coordinated retirbution against known and suspected opposition supporters.” It is clear President Mugabe will use his security forces in all there brutality to ensure victory if it comes down to a run-off.