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Wounds: open, closed and healed

Mar 21, 2013 - Comments: 0

Zimbabwe is probably unique among nations in having not just one but three government ministers responsible for “national healing”.  This should be a hopeful indicator that wounds suffered will not be left to fester any longer –but the “organ” which they administer has so far failed to find a viable means to make progress to that end.  Even the mandate of the Organ of National Healing was subject to acrimonious political dispute, as there was no genuine agreement on how recent a wound needed to be to qualify for healing.

Zimbabwe Referendum Watch - Issue 2

Mar 14, 2013 - Comments: 1

In Issue 1 of Zimbabwe Referendum Watch we commented on the limited time the political parties have allowed Zimbabweans to prepare for the referendum. At the time of writing this, Issue 2, the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) have released a statement saying that they have lost their appeal to the Supreme Court to have the referendum date extended, and in so doing confirm that the referendum date remains Saturday, 16 March 2013. Zimbabwe Referendum Watch has recorded 195 breaches for the SADC guidelines, with the Zanu PF party being by far the most responsible for the breaches. The limited time allowed produces further issues that conflict with the 'SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections'. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights released a statement on 11 March that the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) passed a provisional measure directing the government to allow Zimbabwean citizens living abroad to vote in the referendum and the forthcoming election - inclusive of Zimbabwean citizens other than soldiers and embassy staff stationed abroad. However Joyce Kazembe, chairperson of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had already confirmed that the time allowed for the referendum did not even allow Zimbabweans on National Duty the opportunity to vote by post.

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