Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe crisis 'way beyond elections'

2011-03-28 19:04

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Zim not a basket case, minister tells SA investors
Zim not a basket case, minister tells SA investors

Zimbabwe’s economy is on the mend as the worst is over, the country’s finance minister says, in a bid to assure investors in SA that its neighbour is "not a basket case".

Pretoria - The crisis in Zimbabwe goes beyond the disputed elections and is more about the division of opinions among Zimbabweans themselves, the Zimbabwe Institute said on Monday.

"Elections in Zimbabwe will not resolve the crisis," said James Muzondidya, research manager for the Zimbabwe Institute, which is a political advocacy organisation.

"The issue about Zimbabwe is much more beyond elections," he said.

"[The Southern African Development Community's (SADC)] strategy focuses on credible elections is therefore very limited.

"This is more of a political and governance problem," said Muzondidya.

He also criticised the "winner takes all" electoral system, saying it pushed an incumbent political party to hold on to power for dear life.

He was speaking in Pretoria during a University of South Africa discussion themed "SADC mediation and the future of democratic transition in Zimbabwe".

While Zimbabwe's inclusive government had begun to reconfigure the country's political landscape, more challenges lay ahead, he said.

- SAPA

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