Breaking News

Easing restrictions before reforms would mean EU has lost the plot

by Cliffford Chitupa Mashiri
01 February 2013 | 3058 Views

The European Union (EU) would have lost the plot completely, if it eases travel restrictions on Robert Mugabe and his allies with no credible reforms in place before polls.

Reports that the EU is eager to re-engage the 88 year-old Robert Mugabe if he holds a peaceful referendum appear to be influencing the gathering pace of cosmetic changes amid a concerted spin campaign by the abundantly-resourced tyrant's lobby.  

Mugabe's reported celebrations that he had outwitted his junior partners in the coalition government will haunt the MDC formations for many years to come as a guilty conscience is not that easy to erase.

The so-called January 2013 Final Draft Constitution over which the GNU partners are congratulating themselves as a major achievement remains seriously flawed and a far cry from what the people expected from COPAC’s 45million dollar expenditure.

Arguably, the sudden meeting of minds which were miles apart in December 2012 is very suspect in view of the exemptions which the so-called principals gave themselves not to be bound by for 10 years from the moment the severely flawed charter is adopted.  

Naturally, Mugabe cannot be disappointed in securing a safe exit after putting his manipulative and seductive skills to maximum use to convince his apologetic and acquiescent junior partners.

One could fill volumes with what the junior partners used to call outstanding issues from provincial governors, demands for the dismissal of Attorney General Johannes Tomana and the RBZ Governor Gideon Gono, a roadmap to free and fair elections, the diaspora vote, dual citizenship, a people driven constitution, a credible voters' roll, security sector reforms, to meaningful media reforms.

Not only were the outstanding issues parked in accordance with President Jacob Zuma's advice, but they were towed away and crushed (metaphorically speaking) like what happens to illegally parked vehicles in western countries.

People are wondering what has suddenly made the GNU’s junior partners to have no problems with the recent attempt by the South African government to supply helicopter frames and spares to Robert Mugabe given the controversial and bloody involvement of the military in elections.

One wonders what has convinced the EU to believe that Mugabe has finally turned the corner given reports that his government is determined to 'tear' all BIPPAs apart and plans to seize all foreign owned banks.

The other week there was the incredible report of a named principal who ‘kicked out' a German envoy from his Harare office – which says enough about the art of diplomacy in Zimbabwe.

Rights abuses continue in Chiadzwa despite the EU looking the other way on the diamonds e.g. 15 people were left injured after soldiers ran amok in Chiadzwa diamond mining area. Reports of  shallow graves and people being driven out of their homes in Chiadzwa at night continue.

Concerns about vote rigging are rising in what looks like a campaign of harassment and intimidation of civil society after Zimrights Education Programmes Officer Leo Chamahwinya missed Christmas and New Year in prison and remains in police custody while his director in out on remand.

Other news reports say that politically aligned terror groups Chipangano and Al Shabab continue to roam Harare and Kwekwe  respectively ahead of the referendum and elections despite the GNU.

Human rights, democracy and the rule of law should mean the same regardless of where one is - whether you are in Europe or in Africa to prevent situations similar to what happened in Somalia and Mali before the world community awakened.

Understandably, the situation in Zimbabwe is far better than what became of Somalia and Mali at the time of their implosion, however, the potential for the same anarchy in Zimbabwe remains there, arguably if Mugabe and his allies are let off the hook ahead of elections without credible reforms while the EU watches passively.


EU


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: Cliffford Chitupa Mashiri, Political Analyst, London

Should Zimbabweans be deported from the UK?

Yes
27.14%
No
70.85%
Not sure
2.01%
199

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Another MDC-T official suspended - Information coming from MDC-T Bula...

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1745 Views

SA based Chimurenga musician release album

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 991 Views

Son stabs mum to death - A LOVING relationship between a sick mother a...

by Staffr eporter | 19 April 2014 | 2201 Views

Please help restore sanity at Siansundu Sec School (Dinga district) - ...

by Former teacher | 19 April 2014 | 1593 Views

21 die, 163 injured in road accidents

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 2053 Views

BBC to screen 'Our World, Mugabe at 90' at 9:30pm tonight - BBC New...

by Staff reportyer | 19 April 2014 | 1735 Views

Prophet Makandiwa's Judgment Night 2 ready to roll - The biggest pente...

by Lovemore Chikova | 19 April 2014 | 1172 Views

Angola airline to increase Zimbabwe, Luanda direct flights - Angola's ...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 727 Views

Man finds teen gardener bedding his wife - A Pumula man was arrested...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 3706 Views

Another pay delay irks civil servants - Civil servants have described ...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1642 Views

Mugabe backs MDC-T renewal team - President Robert Mugabe yesterday to...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1526 Views

Zanu PF MP nabbed after firing three shots

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1866 Views

Prophet Makandiwa pulls 10 000 foreigners

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 3019 Views

Mugabe calls for peace in Tsvangirai's party

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 2768 Views

Obama trying as much as possible to please whites, says Mugabe

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 2974 Views

11 die in 74 road accidents - ELEVEN people were killed while 77 other...

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1582 Views

When Bosso beat Harare City at White City - WhatsApp photos

by Byo Resident | 19 April 2014 | 2654 Views

Pope Francis washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1076 Views

Earth-sized planet discovered in 'habitable zone'

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 2136 Views

No water for five days - WhatsApp update - Please note that Bulawayo24...

by Beitbridge Resident | 18 April 2014 | 2592 Views

Heavy police deployment for ZITF - Bulawayo police have increased thei...

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2014 | 1975 Views

Leave serial womanising to Morgan Tsvangirai - Mugabe

by Staff Reporter | 18 April 2014 | 5823 Views

Stepfather disappears after rape incident - POLICE in Mutare have laun...

by Takudzwa Nderere | 18 April 2014 | 3437 Views

Woman kills son (3) to please lover - A MUTASA woman was last week arr...

by Brenda Saburi | 18 April 2014 | 3975 Views

Mystery murder, mutilation - MUTASA villagers were left weak-kneed fol...

by Liberty Dube | 18 April 2014 | 3029 Views

Didymus Mutasa now 'fit as a fiddle' - ZANU-PF secretary for administr...

by Abel Zhakata | 18 April 2014 | 2243 Views

Assassination attempt on Mugabe - During the struggle for independence...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2014 | 7353 Views

Zim woman nabbed with 25kgs of drugs in India - India's Customs and C...

by Staff reporter | 18 April 2014 | 2143 Views

FC Platinum thrash Dembare to lift Uhuru Cup - Dynamos 0 - 3 FC Plati...

by Staff reporter | 19 April 2014 | 3568 Views

Entertainment

Deborah Fraser jets in

by Staff Reporter | 19 April 2014 | 1357 Views

All-white party for Dongo - Soulful singer Trevor Dongo is set perform...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 18 April 2014 | 2073 Views

Tuku Greatest Hits Concert postponed - Oliver Mtukudzi's Greatest Hits...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1444 Views

'Corruption is betrayal of the values of the liberation struggle' says...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 16 April 2014 | 1903 Views

Stand Up comedian to record one man show in Zimbabwe - Daliso Chaponda...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1242 Views

L'Vovo Derrango billed for Bulawayo show - THOSE attending the Zimbabw...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 16 April 2014 | 1335 Views

Artist Profile - Interview with D2X

by Staff Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 1688 Views

Generations actor's Bulawayo show flops

by Showbiz Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 6158 Views

Mukanya gets 'wild' applause - Self exiled legendary musician Dr Thoma...

by Staff reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5369 Views

Freshlyground to perform in Zim's HIFA after insulting Mugabe - South...

by Arts reporter | 13 April 2014 | 3699 Views

Generations' actress draws big crowd

by Staff Reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5665 Views
iBlog

Yet Another Wave Of Digital Destruction Is Coming

Malware fever keeps on raging, taking sophisticated forms to wreak havoc around the worldwide web. even if your system is guarded thoroughly, you are still skating on thin ice, so you should better keep your eyes open and think twice before you make ... Read More
SecNews 02 March 2014 ago

Get Ex Love Back In Your Life +919828027633

If you are looking for happiness, prosperity, success, and health in your life then ahmed molvi ji is the right stoppagehe helped many peoples who have lost their track to live life, who were depressed and specially helped addicted person to lead a n... Read More
ahmedmolvi 18 April 2014 ago