Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has added his voice to the growing international condemnation of the political violence in Zimbabwe.
In his first public comments about the crisis, he noted “the tragic failure of leadership” of President Robert Mugabe. Southern African leaders earlier called for Friday’s run-off presidential vote to be postponed because conditions did not permit a free and fair election.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has urged foreign help to end the crisis. Speaking at a dinner in London to mark his 90th birthday, Mr. Mandela said: “We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighboring Zimbabwe.”
Now time to do something serious, Mugabe’s cell is awaiting!
A Harare journalist says he has seen militiamen loyal to President Robert Mugabe chopping off people’s hands and breaking their fingers to prevent them from voting in Friday’s runoff.
His story speaks to a larger violence that has wracked the African nation since April. The 23-year-old woman in Harare, Zimbabwe, said she could talk, but only briefly. It was 3:30 p.m. there and she had to be home before the 6 p.m. curfew, she said.
“I should be home in an hour, hour and a half. If I’m not home by then, it means trouble,” she said Tuesday. Zimbabweans are accustomed to violence, but the beatings and bloodshed have been epidemic since early April, days after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pushed longtime President Robert Mugabe into a runoff election for the nation’s top post.
Tsvangirai dropped out of the race this week, citing intimidation and vote-rigging. He is now in hiding at the Dutch Embassy, uncertain like most Zimbabweans whether the violence would continue. Zimbabweans and outside observers say militias loyal to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have engaged in intimidation tactics designed to deter Tsvangirai’s supporters from casting ballots.
The real face of a monster called Mugabe!
The US will not recognize the outcome of Friday’s presidential election run-off in Zimbabwe, a senior state department official has said.
Robert Mugabe could not claim a legitimate victory amid the current campaign of violence against the opposition. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has withdrawn from the poll, but Mugabe says the vote will go ahead. Southern African leaders are to meet to discuss the crisis on Wednesday.
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Mugabe must go Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai announced that his party is pulling out from the elections stating that this election will not be fair and free, yet he automatically hands victory to Mugabe!
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Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit./too
International criticism is mounting on Zimbabwe after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of a presidential run-off because of pre-poll violence.
Zambia’s leader Levy Mwanawasa, who heads a regional bloc, said a vote held in current conditions would be an “embarrassment” to the region. The US urged UN action over President Robert Mugabe’s “illegitimate” regime.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn from the poll to avoid “humiliation”.
Africa’s caricature dictator, Robert Mugabe has to go NOW!
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“I don’t create poetry, I create myself, for me my poems are a way to me.” – Edith Södergran