Zimbabwe election clampdown alarming

2013-07-12 16:38

Harare - World rights group Amnesty International says Zimbabwe's police and military have mounted an 'alarming clampdown' on basic freedoms ahead of crucial national elections on 31 July.

Noel Kututwa, an Amnesty director for Africa, said on Friday the organisation documented clear partisan support for President Robert Mugabe by top security commanders along with "systematic raids and arbitrary arrests" targeting human rights and democracy activists.

He called on security forces to respect and protect fundamental freedoms.

Mugabe proclaimed the 31 July poll despite calls by regional mediators for a delay to allow the completion of democratic reforms and a clean-up of chaotic voters' lists.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been in a shaky coalition with Mugabe since the last violent and disputed polls in 2008.

  • France Modise - 2013-07-12 16:52

    Never believe Amnesty International,they always talk rubbish.They are merely proxies for Western Imperialism.Zimbabwe needs Mugabe if they want to keep their sovereignty.

      Jimmy Dube - 2013-07-12 17:32

      France where are you taking that from, use your logic don't just wafle.

      Ronald Gibson - 2013-07-12 18:00

      Sovereignty. France, pity you can't eat it, it does not provide a job, provide medical assistance, pave the roads, put fuel in your car, sooth a child when it cries from hunger, dress you, put a roof over your head or bury you when you die through a lack of the basics you need to live. What does sovereignty mean THEN?

      Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-12 18:15

      We wönt listen to them. Comrade Mugabe will be in his office by 1 August.

      Get Notted - 2013-07-12 18:17

      you idiot I was born in zim and it was a stunning country, until that useless piece of s**t took over. what do you know, unless you are from the chicken party and they pay you.

      Shades - 2013-07-12 18:18

      This is just idiot comment......where's the brains?

      Dee Bone - 2013-07-12 18:20

      @ france. You're strange

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-07-12 19:27

      France, France, France did you enjoy carrying suitcases of money so you could buy a loaf of bread. Your intelligence is seriously questionable. What would Amnesty International gain by this? Start thinking yourself and stop being so easily brainwashed.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 19:36

      Lucille, you are naive. They get funding, big time funding. Do you know how NGOs get funded? You dance to your funder's tune and publish as my articles or research to stroke their ego. Its about money. You think Amnesty International cares about poor black Zimbabweans. Where was it when we under the Smith regime?

      Chris Constantinou - 2013-07-12 23:08

      What sovereignty, where is the Zim dollar. Mugabe has made you all slaves to the US$ and you thought he was liberating you. Bow to Washington .

      Murray Campbell - 2013-07-13 00:13

      Get your head out your ass.. let me take a guess, you don't live in Zimbabwe.

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-07-12 17:24

    @ Moduse...stick that head of yours even deeper in the sand than it already is dude. Zimbabwe is pathetic.

  • Les Cunningham - 2013-07-12 17:35

    Indeed there will be a clampdown on basic freedom, do you think the idiot man will just back away and resign himself to the fact that he may just loose?

  • Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-12 17:36

    Can you give examples instead of these fictional stories. Tomorrow we are in Marange and we will show you evidence of 100 000 supporters of our movement

      Dee Bone - 2013-07-12 18:00

      mad movement who supports an insane government. Putting the wellbeing of your country after the greed of a madman is lunacy

      Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-12 18:08

      Vote zanu pf

      Dee Bone - 2013-07-12 18:26

      and complete the destruction

      Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-12 20:12

      We will never bow to the west and their machinery. Our ancestors fought off the portuguese , the british and we wont let them down by giving up to the western proxies. Why dont they want to accept that the land is ours? We never went to their Europe to cause trouble .

  • Get Notted - 2013-07-12 18:15

    HEY it works by the flow learning system. MUGABE-Zuma-juliass

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 18:28

    Since Amnesty International has documented proof, why not give the doccie to the media before the elections? Whilst at it, why is Amnesty International quite on Egypt, or the DRC?

  • Gerrit Van Heerden - 2013-07-12 18:49

    Didn't think being payed in Zim dollars can buy so much loyalty..... Oh wait the Zim dollar doesn't exist anymore.... Why is that I wonder our is that another thing you are turning a blind eye to. Moron.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 19:08

      Comment on the article above please instead of irrelevant cheap rhetoric

  • Seiso Mohlala - 2013-07-12 18:54

    Zimbabweans can't expect the international community to remove their despot on their behalf. They need to learn from patriots like the Egyptians and Kenyans who do not ask nor wait for the world to tell them what is good or bad for them. If the Zimbabweans know what is good for them, they shouldn't ask for favors from anyone, they should just do it. Just do it if you know you can do it or else, just shut and put up with that rogue president of theirs.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 19:08

      We dont seek your advice please. Why dont you comment on the above article, instead of wanting to sound liberal by commenting on issues beyond your scope? We know what is good for us. Do you know what is good for you?

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 19:11

    Interesting how News24 publishes an unsubstantiated negative article on the same page with another one saying the Zim Stock Exchange is at its highest since 2008. Which is which?

  • Gibson Karimakuenda - 2013-07-12 19:14

    You can call each other idiot but it wont change anything and you know the truth that wether you want or not, Cde Mugabe,Zanu PF will be in the office again.

  • Gibson Karimakuenda - 2013-07-12 19:17

    You can call each other idiot but it wont change anything and you know the truth that wether you want or not, Cde Mugabe,Zanu PF will be in the office again.

  • TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-12 19:20

    In the earlier article this morning News24 quotes the same person sating that they WANT to document human rights violations by government forces in the run up to the elections. A few hours later, the same person is quoted by News24 saying they INDEED HAVE documented evidence of human rights violations. So, in the last 5 hours, have they gathered the evidence or its News24 as usual adding salt to the story.

      Nick Collis - 2013-07-13 07:02 about this for a comment on the article ! The words " have mounted an alarming clampdown" actually underplay the reality of tha Zimbabwean situation. There has been a clampdown on democratic expression in your beautiful country for a decade at least and especially since 2008 when the MDC were outmanoeuvred by ZANU PF and Mbeki into the GNU. Any attempt to level the political playing field and allow for a genuine expression of majority will in an election has been countered by an intransigent security cabal surrounding Mugabe. This continues to be the case and the article underplays the situation by implying that this " clampdown " is something new! Zimbabwe has been under a military coup by stealth for years!

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-13 13:15

      Nick, stop with the generalisation and comment on the contradictory articles by News24.

  • Don Leonard Shalata - 2013-07-12 19:43

    I don't blame Morgan Tsvangirai. But President Mugabe dominates, he will stay in the office !!

  • Brian Heunis - 2013-07-12 19:44

    TinavoMagaisa, it would seem you are a Zimbabwian? Why are you reading N24 so often?

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-13 13:17

      its called the world wide web. Can read and comment on anything i want as long as I have internet. Why, you dont think Zimbabweans can read? And am reading News24 so often because it focuses on Zimbabwe so often, one would think its a Zimbabwean website

      Elm Manu - 2013-07-14 02:24

      Brian Heunis, this just goes to show why Zim has the highest literacy rate in Africa

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-12 19:44

    In zimbabwe tribalism matters the most. For instance mugabe is a karanga what if he was a manyika , korekore or ndebele,would he have stayed in power for this long?

      Shaun Mangasi - 2013-07-12 20:16

      What tribalism ? Mugabe is Korekore not Karanga.

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-07-13 02:23

      @Shaun: explain the lack of tribalism to the Matabele. Oh, you can't, Mugaba had them all murdered!

      Moses Bigmoss Chavhunga - 2013-07-13 07:41

      Yes he would, The Man is well educated remember its not about a tribe at all

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-13 13:17

      Elliot, you are confusing Zimbabwe with South Africa

      Elm Manu - 2013-07-14 02:26

      Elliot, Mugabe is Zezuru and not Karanga; and what has one's tribal roots got to do with one's stay in power?

  • potevan - 2013-07-12 20:19

    I can see a violent takeover brooding here...If ZANU-PF does not go quietly. Zimbos are gatvol....

  • Samuel Chari - 2013-07-12 20:29


  • Pieter van Staden - 2013-07-12 20:43

    He is a skoreskor.

  • Pieter van Staden - 2013-07-12 20:47

    Torch yourself pig.

  • Murray Campbell - 2013-07-13 00:19

    I feel sorry for the people of Zimbabwe, under the so called greedy colonial rule they had one of the best education systems in Africa with one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, now they can't even think for themselves, sadly they have become the puppet with Mugabe the puppet master.. thank goodness for the USA, without them Zim would have no currency.

      Moses Bigmoss Chavhunga - 2013-07-13 07:27

      Zimbabweans are well educated and we thank God and Mugabe for that, Why should Zimbabwe be a pa pert for the west. African countries have a lot to learn from Mugabe and his people. Africa is very rich in mineral we can stand on our own as Africans we don't need the west trust me, Zimbabweans are great thinkers.

      TinavoMagaisa - 2013-07-13 13:20

      We dont need your sympathy. Balck South Africans cant think for themselves, not Zimbabweans. By the way, according to a May 2013 Econonist survey, Zimbabwe has the highest literacy levels on the continent for the 3rd year running. Check their website and see where your country is.

  • Comrade Shefu - 2013-07-13 07:23

    Like Baba Jukwa facebook page for more real zim news

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