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Power-sharing in Zim has failed - HRW

2011-03-24 09:13

Johannesburg - South Africa and the international community need to acknowledge the power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe has failed to resolve the country's leadership crisis, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

"We have had no acknowledgement from South Africa, or any country, that the Global Political Agreement (GPA) did probably not resolve the crisis," organisation spokesperson Tiseke Kasambala told reporters in Johannesburg.

"There have been no acknowledgements of the dangers being faced here... that this is a repeat cycle... of lack of accountability and justice."

There had been increasing political violence and human rights abuses in the wake of calls by Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party to hold elections and bring an end to the coalition government.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission however had been silent on the matter.

Little SADC intervention

A Human Rights Watch report on the country stated the South African government and SADC countries had done very little to intervene in the country's crisis.

Instead, President Jacob Zuma and other leaders called for the lifting of targeted sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union on Mugabe and his inner circle, arguing they were an obstacle to the progress of the power-sharing government.

"There is no longer a truce [in the government], but open violence," Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson Dewa Mavhinga said.

"Should the elections be rigged, which they will, Morgan Tsvangirai has called for a clean divorce from Zanu-PF."

He called for intervention in the election process by South Africa, the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and United Nations.

"We need them to monitor the situation on the ground and make sure elections are free, fair and peaceful," he said.

The Crisis in Zimbabwe coalition is a group of more than 350 civil society organisations, formed in August 2001 in response to the human rights and leadership crisis facing the nation.

Comments
  • SayWhat? - 2011-03-24 09:18

    Another "we told you so" moment!

      pop101 - 2011-03-24 09:21

      Jip, agree. You can't negotiate with a dictator.

      hanserik.iken - 2011-03-24 20:43

      Time for the Zim people to pull a 'Libya' on lunatic Bobby. But I suppose the SA government and the other surrounding countries would side with the dictator because he was/is their buddy. In other words doomed to fail.

      j.malemmer - 2011-03-25 01:21

      Only the brain dead would have thought that it would work anyway. Sorry JZ!

  • paulf - 2011-03-24 09:28

    Now is the chance for the People of Zim to oust the dictator.

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-03-24 10:44

      Sooth Slayer me do not need that puppet in Cape Town rather keep him in Harare

      Meanleader - 2011-03-24 13:04

      I wonder how a man without brains gets to work a computer . Sooth sayer .... you gotto stop smoking that stuff dude !

      Kagiso - 2011-03-24 13:51

      Sooth Slayer is a Mugarbage cohort and war vet who enjoys raping and killing women and children for ZANU-PF votes. very wicked way of earning money/peanuts....shame on you for supporting such rubbish like Mugarbage.

      Dazza22 - 2011-03-24 14:02

      Sooth Slayer Why don't you go back to Zim and revel in the glory of Mugabe's rule or are you looking for a better life in SA??? Obviously the latter so be careful what you wish for, once SA goes down you will have nowhere to run to.

      Lauren - 2011-03-24 14:07

      Sooth, in which country do you live?

      ANC-FTL - 2011-03-24 16:35

      lol @ Sooth - Dude we have enough ediots to deal with why are you here - go play in the traffic hopefully break a leg!

  • Logs01 - 2011-03-24 09:38

    COME ON!! Every ANC member, Cadre and even other African "leaders" knows that Uncle BoB is a "fair" man!!! Come on, defend the "MAN". It's only those imperialist westeners and people in SA with intellect, who vote for anything else but the ANC, who thinks Uncle BoB is UNFAIR and F*^Ked in the head. Stand up for the "MAN"

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-03-24 10:45

      Do you need a psychiatrist, I have help for you?

      clintandmia - 2011-03-24 12:21

      I am hoping you being sarcastic! OR else you need some serious help!

      Kagiso - 2011-03-24 13:56

      @logs01, you and your uncle bob are both f*****d up in the head.

      Charles - 2011-03-24 16:21

      I have visions of "The Man" and "Julious" in a cell together, making sweet love..... LOL Of course you are being sarcastic, duh

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-24 09:45

    Do you really think that SA will acknowledge this? Just like they acknowledge that the ANC is corrupt, Zuma is an uneducated crook, and Malema is a dumb ass, who could not pass Std 3 woodwork

  • truckho - 2011-03-24 09:54

    Weakness. From top to bottom Africa cannot lead itself. Pure weakness.

  • paulf - 2011-03-24 10:01

    It has Failed because Bob made it Fail!!! he will never give up power as he is too used to stealing from his people. Sounds very appropriate of what's happening in SA under the Zuma government.

  • Felix - 2011-03-24 10:05

    At least we can count most of the votes as the voters live in our country now.

      stephen scott - 2011-03-24 12:03

      nice one

  • Michel - 2011-03-24 10:10

    Strange that UN would "invade" or should I rather use the word interfere with Kaddafi’s actions in Libya within days after the first signs of civilian casualties where as with Zim the Tyranny and murders has been happening since the 80s.. Maybe I am missing something here but I don’t understand how a lunatic like that remains in power with absolutely no accountability for his actions,

      Valis - 2011-03-24 12:07

      Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa, Zimbabwe has zero oil. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.

      Michel - 2011-03-24 12:12

      I was thinking maybe that Valis...

      Kagiso - 2011-03-24 13:58

      @valis, true to that zimbabwe has no oil for the western nations to feed from, like libya.

  • AndrewM39@24.com - 2011-03-24 10:11

    Another of the ANC inner circle buddies just like Gadaffi, no action will be forthcoming from SADC nor Zuma.

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-03-24 10:46

      Please leave Mugabe alone

      truckho - 2011-03-24 15:57

      Ah ah ah, but we can't as the ANC tell uncle bob what to do - he's a revolutionary hero and great example to us for 30 years. Are you high Paul Mandla Nkosi?

  • onetickie - 2011-03-24 11:10

    Can someone not offer this black hitler a holiday in Libya?

  • onetickie - 2011-03-24 11:12

    @Paul Mandla Nkos: who the hell would want to touch this black nazi with a bargepole you oaf!

  • mosali - 2011-03-24 11:35

    WHEN WILL THE POOR ZIMBABWEANS LEARN THAT NO ONE WILL COME TO THEIR RESCUE - AFRICAN LEADERS "OWE" THEIR UNCLE AND WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO KEEP HIM IN PLACE - HE MIGHT SPILL THEIR DIRTY SECRETS IF THEY DO

  • stephen scott - 2011-03-24 12:14

    you can't have a Lybia type revolt there, no one will help them, sad to say.

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-24 12:54

    Dear God please let zimbabwe find oil ..... lots of it . Then suddenly , the humanitarian crisis will escalate - like in eerhm ... Libya ! Without oil , there is no humanitarian crisis ... you can ask the Yanks ... they'll tell you !

  • Jim - 2011-03-24 13:37

    All you Zim imigrants, go back to your country and oust this dictator and murderer and thief "mugabe" out of your country Do like the other countries are now doing to Dictators. If not then accept the situation the way it is.

  • yeldarb - 2011-03-24 13:37

    hitler, stalin,lenin, mussolini,gadaffi,idi amin . saddam hussein Mugabe etc. All these leaders are F$#@king psycotic and all other dictators. your time is up.You used the power of ignorant masses to dictate. however the internet and communications are informing the uninformed. Thats why north africa and middle east nations are revolting at the same time. I mean ive never seen anything like it. Pro democracy

  • Dazza22 - 2011-03-24 14:00

    Well they must now complain now, they voted ZANU-PF in and now they must deal with the consequences. Same thing will happen in SA. Goodluck.

      Kagiso - 2011-03-24 14:05

      @dazza22, i have some zimbo friends and they've told me that Mugarbage votes for himself and that in the voting booths there are armed soldiers who force people to vote for him.

      Schalk - 2011-03-24 19:52

      The majority of Zanu-PF votes came through the barrel of a gun or beatings and intimidation. This Despot(Mugabe)is as evil as they come with Amin and the others looking like angels by comparison. He has ensured all Zimbabweans are either too scared to act against him or corrupted people so say stay loyal. He is a murderer and guilty of the worst crimes against humanity. GO MDC!! Clean this mess away!!

  • Jason - 2011-03-24 14:25

    What a surprise... but once again african leaders defending african leaders regardless of what they do to their own people. Until we get rid of the cancer thats holds africa back africa will never progress. Point in case the sanctions apposed on Bob and inner circle is holding back progress is just showing that Zuma and mad bob don't care about the zimbabwian people they only care about themselves.

      yeldarb - 2011-03-24 14:39

      hahaha nice one Jason. i like the title "mad BOB"

  • ChiefN - 2011-03-24 14:45

    Any normal person in the streets of Zimbabwe could have told you that... If you had bothered to ask. Talk about ignoring the white fat elephant in all your meeting rooms

  • Sello - 2011-03-24 17:21

    no way ANC (Zuma) can publicly critisise that clown, Mugabe. As much as Zuma's goverment gave guns to Gadaffi to slaughter his people he will do the same to Zimbabwen people. All this is in the name of friendship. Human rights means nothing to anc, they will do everything in their powers to have mugabe win the next elections. I don't know why we keep on calling SA govt to monitor this election, knowing it very well that they will turn a blind eye when their comrade mugabe rig the election

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-24 17:33

    "Power Sharing in Zim has failed" This is a surprise? What would be a surprise would be if something in Zim actually worked. The place is run by thieves and murderers what on earth does one expect? Stability and common sense? Do me a favour...

      Gavin - 2011-03-24 17:41

      What problem?

      Gysbert Nortje - 2011-04-02 08:18

      Exactly! The voted in Baboon Bob every time, they got him, now they must sort out their own mess and pay for their stupidity (aided and abetted by Mbeki, the Shaik brothers, Zuma and the other criminal band!

  • Schalk - 2011-03-24 19:53

    The majority of Zanu-PF votes came through the barrel of a gun or beatings and intimidation. This Despot(Mugabe)is as evil as they come with Amin and the others looking like angels by comparison. He has ensured all Zimbabweans are either too scared to act against him or corrupted people so say stay loyal. He is a murderer and guilty of the worst crimes against humanity. GO MDC!! Clean this mess away!!

  • T de J - 2011-03-24 21:26

    Remember We made Rhodesia Great They Made Zimbabwe Ruins ???????

  • Ross - 2011-03-25 07:18

    The dictatorship has succeeded. The majority live on mopanie worms. Google: Mugabe's House and Mugabe's Hong Kong House.

  • Bheki - 2011-04-02 09:15

    AM APEALING TO THE CHIEF EDITOR TO PLEASE REMOVE THE PICTURE OF MUGABE FROM THIS PAGE. EVERYTIME I WANNA READ THIS PAGE I GET IRRITATED. PLEASE , PLEASE ITS LIKE YOU SUPPORT HIM ON WHAT HE'S DOING. HOPE THIS WILL BE HEARD COZ IM TIRED OF LOOKING AT A CRIMINAL ALMOST EVERYTIME.... HELP X 10

  • Bheki - 2011-04-02 09:16

    REMOVE MUGABE PCTURE ASAP

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