Zim needs SADC summit: IPBT

The International Peace Building Trust, a regional monitoring body with its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, has called on the Southern African Development Community to urgently convene a summit to set a clear roadmap for fresh elections in Zimbabwe.

The SADC, alongside the African Union, is the guarantor of the 2008 political agreement between Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe that paved the way for the unity government.

The executive chairman of IPBT, Nkosinathi Baleni, told The Zimbabwean that although the GNU had been able to stabilise the economy to a certain extent, it remained threatened by Mugabe’s refusal to share power in any meaningful way.

“Mugabe has refused to rescind his unilateral decision to appoint two of his top allies, Johannes Tomana (Attorney General) and Gideon Gono (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor), while he also refuses to appoint provincial governors from Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara’s parties,” said Baleni. He also expressed concern about the increased intimidation from Zanu (PF) youth militia and the establishment of torture bases.

“According to our investigations and surveys, the youth militias and war veterans, who are working closely with CIO operatives, are targeting members from private institutions including NGOs that are on relief programmes and churches, as they have been labelled MDC supporters,” said Baleni.

“We did a survey in Buhera last month and some Zanu (PF) youths were moving door-to-door telling villagers to vote for Zanu (PF) in the forthcoming elections. They told them that those who voted for MDC-T would be known and they would be killed. Obviously the country is not yet ready to hold any elections,” he said.

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