Breaking News

Targeted sanctions should stay until key reforms are made

by Clifford Chitupa Mashiri
07 February 2012 | 1123 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Suggesting that sanctions on Mugabe be withdrawn is tantamount to what Russia and China are doing at the United Nations Security Council by blocking a resolution condemning the ongoing tragic violence in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

Bosso humiliation by Dembare, who is to blame?

Players
75.85%
Kaindu
20.99%
Referee
3.16%
443

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Mthwakazi Cannot Court Sympathisers by Lying - The misrepresentation o...

by K. M. Mandaza, Zanu Pf Sa Secretary for Information and Publicity | 16 September 2014 | 648 Views

Zimbabwe, Russia discuss military cooperation - The Minister of Defen...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 721 Views

'Tsvangirai's speech is a non-event,' says Gumbo - Zanu-PF Secretary f...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 706 Views

Holland is MDC Renewal's interim President - The beleaguered MDC-T par...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 987 Views

Police seize 500kg mbanje from Malayitsha

by Moyo Roy | 16 September 2014 | 1426 Views

ZEC has no business in Zanu PF congress - MDC-T controversial politici...

by Staff Reporter | 16 September 2014 | 1254 Views

Latest update on Farm invaded by Mugabe's aide - FIGTREE farmer David ...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 2512 Views

Russian Foreign Minister arrives in Zimbabwe - Russian Foreign Ministe...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 890 Views

Tsvangirai's condolence message on the death of Fletcher Dulini Ncube...

by Morgan Tsvangirai Movement for Democratic Change | 16 September 2014 | 2284 Views

Residents to resist Grace Mugabe naming of school

by Bhebhe Mandla | 16 September 2014 | 4600 Views

Tsvangirai failed to deliver free elections when Mugabe was on the rop...

by Wilbert Mukori | 16 September 2014 | 1586 Views

Conflicts in the MDC and Zanu-PF built over decades are divine - When...

by Bishop Happison Chikova | 16 September 2014 | 1355 Views

Mzilikazi Commemorations as it happened

by Staff Reporter | 16 September 2014 | 2603 Views

We should be careful when interpreting prophecy - It would be an overs...

by Stewart Murewa | 16 September 2014 | 2238 Views

ZAA South Africa edition nominees announced

by Staff Reporter | 16 September 2014 | 1008 Views

Prophet TB Joshua building collapse death toll hits 57

by AFP | 16 September 2014 | 2651 Views

Mugabe discusses Mnangagwa power handover in China?

by Itai Mushekwe/ Nancy Mabaya/ Mary-kate Kahari | 16 September 2014 | 7890 Views

Solidarity message to Scotland from Zimbabwe - Mthwakazi Republic Part...

by Mqondisi Moyo | 16 September 2014 | 1312 Views

MLF supports Scotland independence - MLF and the whole of Mthwakazi g...

by David Magagula | 16 September 2014 | 828 Views

Woman 'married' to goblin receives compensation - A WOMAN from Mairois...

by Staff reporter | 16 September 2014 | 3881 Views

Rapist vows to restore v*rginity - STRANGE but true!A member of an apo...

by Gibson Mhaka | 16 September 2014 | 3243 Views

Maid bed employer's underage son - A MAID from Happy Valley Farm betr...

by Sukoluhle Ndlovu | 16 September 2014 | 4251 Views

Woman from 'heaven' found undressed in yard - AN elderly woman who was...

by Jacqueline Dube | 16 September 2014 | 4566 Views

Vagrant kills woman - IN a terrifying incident, villagers at Platswort...

by Sukoluhle Ndlovu | 16 September 2014 | 2182 Views

Man turns daughter into own prostitute - A man from Bulawayo's New Mag...

by Nhlalwenhle Ncube | 16 September 2014 | 3779 Views

Father axes son's first wife - A man from Bulawayo's Nketa 6 allegedly...

by Nhlalwenhle Ncube | 16 September 2014 | 2379 Views

Entertainment

Afrika Revenge reunites - Award winning duo of Willis "Afrika" Kachamb...

by Sophia Chese | 16 September 2014 | 1259 Views

Usandikanganwe - Lady Bee ft Manhanga

by Staff Reporter | 15 September 2014 | 1648 Views

Generations actors agree to go back to work - The 16 Generations stars...

by City Press | 14 September 2014 | 3770 Views

Bulawayo born singer wows X Factor Judges

by Staff Reporter | 13 September 2014 | 2824 Views

Byo singer wins 80K recording deal, duped by sponsors

by Hangoyapalala waTjibundule | 12 September 2014 | 2993 Views

Axed Generations actor's marriage crumbles - Menzi Ngubane better know...

by Times LIVE | 12 September 2014 | 6074 Views

'Nollyhood' comes to Byo

by Hangoyapalala waTjibundule | 11 September 2014 | 2514 Views

Bulawayo-born beauty joins top SA soapie - Former Big Brother Africa (...

by Staff reporter | 11 September 2014 | 4377 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

Can Too Much Masturbation Hurt Women’s Sex Life? Why Is Excessive Masturbation Bad?

both men and women often enjoy masturbation, and it is a natural sexual action for many people. however, when a woman masturbates too often, she may become concerned that it can hurt her sex life. this question is actually a valid concern, as there ... Read More
adoniadennis 01 March 2014 ago