Mugabe to table sanctions issue at SADC

2011-07-19 07:38

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will table the issue of the West's economic sanctions at the SADC summit to be held in Angola next month, Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported on Tuesday.

This after more than 2.2 million Zimbabweans signed a National Anti-Sanctions Petition, Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said.

He said that Zimbabweans countrywide had signed the petition following the launch of a campaign in March. It drew people from all walks of life, among them academics, political, business and religious leaders.

Gumbo said the issue would also be raised at other regional and international forums such as the African Union and the United Nations.

"We have collected more than two million signatures and we are waiting for the president to announce the decision on the results of the campaign. He [Mugabe] will go with that result to the forthcoming SADC summit to be held in Angola next month."

  • Badballie - 2011-07-19 08:06

    The West has become soft in its old age, dictators like this would have been capped ages ago in the old days. Its a pity.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-21 14:10

      "Dictators like him would have been capped ages ago"?! When was that? Who was capped?

  • Kenpachi - 2011-07-19 08:21

    Wasnt he the guys who said a few years ago "Fck the West this is my Zimbabwe, keep your Britain". Man i wish the anc can take notes here, esp JuJu,..

  • Jim - 2011-07-19 08:39

    Sanctions must stay until this dictator is removed.

      CTS - 2011-07-19 13:04

      Agreed 100%

  • Ross - 2011-07-19 08:41

    Does mamma want to go shopping at Harrods?

      W Mukori - 2011-07-21 14:17

      She has just been to Hong Kong. What is it that she will buy in Harrods and could not find in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, etc. The sanctions are not causes any hardship to Mugabe and his cronies, they are only using them as a cover for their failing and political repression.

  • Gore - 2011-07-19 08:46

    People were bulldozed in offices, roadblocks, hospitals to sign the damn petition. It was not voluntary, this old man is so far from the madding crowd, that he mistakes it for joys of celebration!

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-07-19 14:42

      Gore were you bulldozed into signing the petition? Oh, i forgot, you weren't even there!

  • Freddie - 2011-07-19 09:07

    So what? Does this id10t think the west will drop their sanctions if SADC passes a motion? He is delusional.

      DAB - 2011-07-19 09:48

      Me "passing a motion", has more meaning than the SADC's motion. They have no teeth and no idea.

  • alootacontin - 2011-07-19 10:10

    those 2 million so called signatures must have come from all those dead people still on the voters role!

  • dilligaf - 2011-07-19 10:21

    Let's see what happens to the poor sucker that tries to get a "pro-sanctions" or better still, a "Mugabe must go" petition.....

  • Mike - 2011-07-19 10:24

    How were the two million signatures obtained. We well know. Poor Zimbabweans were forced to sign this carbage document. Hopefully SADC will not allow this document to be an excuse, once again, for allowing Mugabe to leave the Luanda meeting once again with a big smill on his face. He has and continues to make a mockery of the GPA and SADC. It is time, for Gods sake, to stand up to this tyrant once and for all. If not he will bring down the entire sub region. Can SA imagine how many less problems SA would have if all the Zims could go home. Most of them desparately want to, but not while that monster and his thieving party are allowed to continue the human rights abuses and the outright theft of Zims remaining resources.

      W Mukori - 2011-07-21 14:20

      Thank you Mike!

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-19 12:12

    Doesn't this syphilus infected idiot relaise that the sanctions will end when he and his government step down and acknowledge the MDC's legitemacy. Zim must be the only country in the world where the party that lost the elections is the government of the day while the election winner gets an arbitory Prime Minister position. Do these retarded African nations think the world owes them something?

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-07-19 14:54

      As a matter of fact the world does owe us something - reparations for years of slavery and colonialism. But that is not the point Ryan. First "the party that lost the elections is the government of the day.." Really Ryan? which party is the GNU by the way? Secondly, (and this is the last time i am saying this) Morgan Tsvangirai might have gotten more votes than Mugabe but he did not win the election. What does Zimbabwean law say? A winner is the person who gets 50%+1 of the total votes cast. neither Tsvangirai nor Mugabe got that and hence there was supposed to be a runoff. if you want to take Mugabe's side, the run off did happen and he won it. or if you want to take tsvangirai's side, the run off was a sham and therefore invalid. Still both those arguments will lead us to the same point, the election was inconclusive in so far as producing a 'clear' winner is concerned, and hence we have a GNU. Allocation of positions (or power) in the GNU was done according to the proportion of the vote that each party (not individuals) got in the parliamentary election (and not the presidential - that's why we dont have simba makoni in the GNU). A fact often missed by most is that even though the MDC won 3 more seats than Zanu pf, Zanu pf actually had more votes across the board than the MDC and hence they were allocated more ministries etc. All these facts are available for checking. So the point Ryan (and other retards like u)is this. Economic sanctions are hurting Zimbabwe (not Mugabe)

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-07-19 14:55

      and as such they ought to be removed, because now they are interfering with the normal functioning of the country. Yes, we can keep our Zimbabwe but that does not mean Zimbabwe is in space. we are a member of the global family and as such we should be treated like one.

      Peg-Leg-Sven - 2011-07-19 15:11

      @ Sooth Slayer, the sanctions are not against the Zim people, as they were against the South African people during Apartheid. There is a list of comprising Mugabe and the henchmen that have not only kept him in power, but are guilty of who knows how many murders, torture and systematic rape of the citizens of Zimbabwe. The sanctions do not in any way target the legitimate interests of Zimbabwe, neither financially or socially. It just sanctions those that are guilty of the systematic destruction of a great country, due to greed and pursuit of power.

      Doepster - 2011-07-20 05:23

      Sooth Slayer - what crap you talk. Mugabe lost by far more than 51%. Why do you think the results took months to come out? The results were being manipulated... And for your information, there are no economic sanctions against Zimbabwe. There are travel restrictions and foreign assets are frozen for Mugabe and his circle and this is what he calls 'illegal sanctions'. The world owes you Jack Schitt mate - maybe only another brain cell to keep your one company

      W Mukori - 2011-07-21 14:27

      Ryan, I agree with everything you said including the bit about "the election winner gets an arbitory PM position". You should also add that winner was stupid to accept the arbitory position. Zimbabwe would not be in this mess if Tsvangirai had not done so!

      W Mukori - 2011-07-21 15:05

      @Sooth Slayer Who says Tsvangirai did not get 50% + 1 after the March vote? The same people who took five weeks to count the votes. What made the run-off a sham is the political violence used by Mugabe and all observers, including SADC observers, said the result could not be a true reflection of the free will of the people. If Mugabe had any sense of shame then he would not claim to have won a sham election. The international community refused to accept him as the legitimate head of state, putting him on the hook. Tsvangirai got him off the hook by agreeing to the power sharing arrangement which has turned out to be a one-sided affair in which Mugabe has all the power. Of course Tsvangirai was stupid to get the tyrant off the hook only to be kicked in the teeth! Mugabe has used the time since the signing of the GPA to reorganise his party’s terror machine and secure war-chest to pay for it. Tsvangirai has made half hearted attempts to push for democratic reforms with nothing to show for it. What Tsvangirai should have done after the sham June 2008 elections is demand fresh elections there and then. Back then Mugabe was at his weakest politically and would not have risked holding another sham election with the world watching. Now, it is totally different kettle of fish; Mugabe will risk yet another sham election. The nation will have to face all the intimidation, rape, murders, etc. all over again because of Tsvangirai’s stupidity!

  • PunkBuster - 2011-07-19 12:29

    Seriously editor?????????

  • NightshadowZA - 2011-07-19 12:46

    Wonder how many deceased and non-existent people signed that petition?

  • Bok Fan - 2011-07-19 12:52

    Get rid of Mugabe and zanuPf and their atrocities and you get rid of sanctions. Hang on to them and the sanctions stay. Thanks for calling. have a nice day.

  • letsee - 2011-07-19 13:10

    When a leader says that “Zimbabwe is mine” he is finished and must go. Sanctions are a short term sacrifice for the long term good just as it was good for South Africa and so, if sanctions served Apartheid’s South Africa it also serves Mugabe’s Zimbabawe.

  • W Mukori - 2011-07-21 14:06

    Zanu PF has perfected the game of smokes and mirrors. They know that the targeted sanctions have had little effect even on those on the list because they had many ways of mitigating the sanctions. Mugabe and his cronies have been in and out of the West contrary to the travel ban using the loop hole of UN business, for example. Mugabe has blamed the sanctions for Zimbabwe’s economic melt down to take the heat from the real causes; years of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and, in the last tens years, all-out looting. And he also wants to draw attention away from the serious human rights violations and political repression. The ease with which Mugabe has forced the sanctions issue on the SADC agenda year after year is itself a measure of just how ease it is to fool SADC; they have yet to see through Mugabe’s cunning game!

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