Zimbabwe's new leaders urged to respect rights

23 Novembre, 2017, 00:23 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Zimbabwe's new leaders urged to respect rights

And yet despite her many accomplishments - her role in the liberation of Mozambique, the fact that she served as education minister, her groundbreaking work on advocating for child soldiers - when Ms. Machel and Mr. Mandela announced their plans to wed, she was met with suspicion: "What sort of woman marries not one but two heads of state?" people asked.

Meanwhile‚ Dewa Mavhinga‚ the director of the African division of Human Rights Watch, said it was unlikely that the Mugabes could be forced to face the law for any of their crimes. They have also been fingered in the disappearance of diamond revenues from Zimbabwe's Marange diamond fields.

It's a "smart coup" in the sense that the military combined the frustrations of a restive population, internal party structures and international sympathy to remove a sitting president.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Johnson said: "Of course we have to be very mindful of the historic British role in Zimbabwe but there is still considerable affection for the UK and I think that our aid contribution is extremely valuable".

He orchestrated the forcible takeover of white farmlands under the guise of indigenisation, encouraged his loyalists to exploit the public and deployed brutal force in dealing with opponents. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover last week. During the massacre‚ thousands of people were tortured and murdered while women were raped in the army-led clampdown.

Mnangagwa, who had fled to South Africa after his sacking, citing threats to his life, will be sworn in as president on Friday.

If the mantle of first lady never quite suited the unapologetically outspoken Winnie Mandela, it may have sat better on Mr. Mandela's third wife, Graca Machel, the widow of President Samora Machel of Mozambique.

The starting point is to craft a transition government to ably steer the country and prepare it for transformation into a modern democracy.

Instead, Mr Mugabe gave a dull speech, which said very little about the mass calls for his departure - and then declared he was looking forward to managing the party conference a few weeks later.

He is also of advanced age, and has spent much time abroad receiving medical treatment.

The decision to sack Mnangagwa was a rare tactical error by Mugabe, who appears to have wanted to clear the way to power for his ambitious but unpopular wife and her G40 faction.

Mrs Mugabe, once a contender for the presidency after her husband, has not been seen nor heard from since before the start of the military intervention. "We do not know what will happen to him‚" she said.

"It's a new day for Zimbabwe". Thus what is happening in Zimbabwe carries salient lessons in an electoral democracy like Malaysia that is given to serious manipulation. This quasi paramilitary group is an auxiliary association of the ruling party and has fiercely opposed Mugabe's attempt to create a dynasty.

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