Breaking News

Targeted sanctions should stay until key reforms are made

by Clifford Chitupa Mashiri
07 February 2012 | 1193 Views
Contrary to recommendations by the International Crisis Group, (Africa Briefing No.86, 6 Feb 2012), targeted sanctions on Mugabe and his inner circle should stay.

The travel ban and an asset freeze on Robert Mugabe, his wife and his allies as well as an arms embargo on Zimbabwe are working and should stay until key reforms are made.

It is rather unfair to require civil society to make a case for targeted sanctions every year whenever they are due for review as if the world cannot see the hard evidence of their justification.
 
Key outstanding reforms include media, security sector, the adoption of a new constitution in a referendum and the need to clean-up the voters' roll to rid it of more than 2 million phantom voters who were identified independently by researchers.

Zanu-PF has made it almost impossible to effect amendments to the Electoral Act, the Human Rights Commission Bill and Presidential Temporary Powers Regulations which are abused for partisan reasons by for instance, giving blanket amnesty to political criminals after what are usually bloody elections.

Sanctions should stay as long as Zanu-PF remains intransigent on the GPA. There is no point in being cowed into submission by people who murdered innocent people in 2008 and have not been prosecuted except a few to date.

There is still no serious commitment to the rule of law in Zimbabwe. Political violence is being committed in Mbare by the notorious Chipangano gang which is believed to be sponsored by Zanu-PF and hate speech is the order of the day in the State-owned media.

Ghost workers are still there on the public service payroll, probably bankrolling the regime's militias who are terrorising innocent civilians to buy party cards and attend all-night brain-washing sessions in rural and urban areas ahead of elections.

Millions were displaced in the Diaspora by Mugabe and more will join them if he goes ahead with violent elections before key reforms are implemented.




Suggesting that sanctions on Mugabe be withdrawn is tantamount to what Russia and China are doing at the United Nations Security Council by blocking a resolution condemning the ongoing tragic violence in Syria. How many more should die?

Sanctions are working and are affecting the targeted people. Any flexibility on sanctions in the face of arrogance and intransigence by the ruling elite which is armed to the teeth would be negligent, irresponsible and a betrayal.

------------
Clifford Chitupa Mashiri, Political Analyst, London, zimanalysis2009@gmail. 


Sanctions


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: Clifford Chitupa Mashiri

Are housemaids an evil lot?

Yes
26.81%
No
64.52%
Not sure
8.67%
496

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Priest steals car, gets drunk, commits suicide - A ROMAN Catholic prie...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 730 Views

Screening for Ebola intensifies at Beitbridge border post - Zimbabwean...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 519 Views

Mugabe allocates new VPs roles

by Tendai Mugabe | 22 December 2014 | 1183 Views

Prof Moyo's senseless savagery attacks on Dabengwa uncalled for - The ...

by Thulani Nkala, ZAPU Europe Information, Publicity and Marketing Department | 22 December 2014 | 2186 Views

All hell breaks loose as woman declares hubby infertile - A WOMAN from...

by Nhlalwenhle Ncube | 22 December 2014 | 3934 Views

MDC youths in Bulawayo condemn 'miniskirt' attacks

by Lulu Brenda Harris | 22 December 2014 | 2587 Views

ZIFA Northern Region D'1 buoyant

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 878 Views

POTRAZ moves to lower mobilephone tariffs

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1762 Views

Farmers optimistic of good harvest - Farmers hope that the outcome of ...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 914 Views

Govt rules out price controls - The government has ruled out price con...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 955 Views

515 road accidents, 31 people killed - Police say 515 road accidents h...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1236 Views

Whose 'unity' are we celebrating? - …..Day raises more questions tha...

by Mxolisi Ncube | 22 December 2014 | 1493 Views

Zimbabwe off investors' radar says Biti

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1331 Views

Babongile Sikhonjwa in critical condition after car crash

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 3490 Views

Edgar Lungu is sixth president of Zambia, HH for another rude shock! -...

by Wright Musoma ZRP President. | 22 December 2014 | 3227 Views

Understanding ZAPU's Vision and mission of liberation pt 1. - Understa...

by Taurai Njekete | 22 December 2014 | 1140 Views

Hooker rapes teen boy at knife point

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 3606 Views

HIV-related illnesses leading causes of deaths in Harare

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 2089 Views

VP Mnangagwa not guaranteed presidency says Jonathan Moyo

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 4538 Views

'Tsvangirai continues with his undemocratic tendencies'

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 2941 Views

Bosso coaches to re-apply for their jobs - SWEEPING changes are loomin...

by Fungai Muderere | 22 December 2014 | 1765 Views

Pungwe hydro-power station to be operational next year - PUNGWE B's 15...

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1391 Views

Old lady (74) burnt to death trying to retrieve belongings - A 74-YEAR...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 22 December 2014 | 1642 Views

Drama as dead man's lip disappears

by Gibson Mhaka | 22 December 2014 | 4365 Views

Acting President Mnangagwa apologises

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 6923 Views

Beitbridge Alert: Arrivals heighten

by Thupeyo Muleya | 22 December 2014 | 2850 Views

Holland questions govt's commitment to national healing

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1354 Views

Counterfeit notes hit Bulawayo

by Mbongeni Msimanga | 22 December 2014 | 3186 Views

Prophet drugs, rapes, impregnates woman - A PUMULA South woman is four...

by Thubelihle Mabhena | 22 December 2014 | 2797 Views

Entertainment

Mafikizolo delivers in Harare

by Staff Reporter | 22 December 2014 | 1249 Views

Visually impaired singer gets early Christmas present

by Staff Reporter | 19 December 2014 | 2366 Views

Tuku fails to secure seat on Air Zimbabwe

by Staff Reporter | 19 December 2014 | 3809 Views

Mafikizolo jets into Zimbabwe today

by Brenda Phiri | 19 December 2014 | 2060 Views

Sony cancels US release of movie about plot to kill North Korean leader

by Staff Reporter | 18 December 2014 | 2332 Views

Designer sale off 2014

by Hunnar Agency | 18 December 2014 | 3605 Views

10 Zim designers to feature in iFashion Fest 2014

by Hunnar Management Agency | 18 December 2014 | 3470 Views

Kunonga releases fourth album, Kwedu - AFRO-JAZZ singer Victor Kunong...

by Staff Reporter | 18 December 2014 | 1174 Views
iBlog

Positions To Make Female Orgasm Easier During Intercourse

some women are fortunate enough to be able to climax easily, and in almost any sexual position. the majority of women though, sometimes find it difficult to orgasm especially when they are with a partner. sometimes this difficulty is just a result ... Read More
adoniadennis 12 May 2014 ago

The Nsa Gets An Ok For Telephony Metadata Collection Yet Again

As much as we’d like to forget about the national security agency (nsa) and its mass surveillance program, it seems that there is no distracting ourselves from this unnerving reality.missing from the news for quite some time now, the issue has resu... Read More
SecNews 09 July 2014 ago