7.5 C
Alba Iulia
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Zimbabwe: Crocodile tears for another African failed state

Must Read

Chinua Achebe: Why he was one of the world’s most important modern writers

Ad Achebe's greatest work involved telling distinctly African stories from the perspective of African characters and helping to forge a...

Book Publishing for today’s authors

Discover the Handelbook quality Handel publishing, aka African Books Network, has been, as their punch line goes, Publishing and Connecting...

When your president is a clone

Nigeria may have become the first of African countries to avail itself of Western ultra secret scientific service in...
editors
researchers, collators, reviewers
Zimbabwe, like Nigeria, has become another African failed state with backward, corrupt state actors and primordial incompetent leaders in perpetual denial.

Zimbabwe Failing to Enact Credible Reforms

by Human Rights Watch

Zimbabwe police baring fangs against protesters

  • Armed riot police block the road as doctors attempt to march in Harare, Zimbabwe, September 18, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

United States President Donald Trump (has) renewed sanctions against several senior Zimbabwe government officials for another year, citing lack of reforms, economic mismanagement, and “accelerated persecution” of critics by security forces. (However,) Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sibusiso Moyo expressed disappointment with the decision, saying it ignored evidence of major reforms.

But the US is not alone in highlighting Zimbabwe’s lack of political will to implement credible reforms. Last month, the European Union noted that lack of reforms, the further shrinking of democratic space, and corruption have contributed to Zimbabwe’s “current deteriorating humanitarian crisis.

Similarly, following a visit in September 2019, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, noted “a serious deterioration of the political, economic and social environment since August 2018.” He expressed concerns that reforms to the public order laws did not go far enough to address challenges to freedom of assembly, including broad discretionary law enforcement powers and the military’s involvement in managing public demonstrations.

In March 2019, Human Rights Watch found that Zimbabwe security forces had used unnecessary lethal force to crush nationwide protests in January 2019. During the protests the security forces fired live ammunition, killing 17 people, and raped at least 17 women.

Among the few reforms carried out by the Zimbabwe government is the repeal of the draconian Public Order and Security Act which was replaced by the Maintenance of Peace and Order Act. The new law, however, still does not fully guarantee the right to peaceful assembly and continues to give law enforcement agencies broad regulatory discretion and powers.

Instead of being in denial, Zimbabwe authorities should focus on implementing key reforms that would improve respect for human rights. The reforms include, in line with section 210 of the Zimbabwe Constitution, the establishment of an independent mechanism for investigating and providing remedies for public complaints of misconduct by security services.

They should implement the recommendations of the Motlanthe Commission of Inquiry, which investigated the post-election violence of August 1, 2018, including ensuring those responsible for abuses are held accountable, and set up the special committee to compensate victims.

Zimbabwe’s full reengagement with the international community will depend on real change and a clear commitment to respect for human rights, good governance, and the rule of law.

Read Full Post in The Zimbabwean

#MediaAcrossBorders

- Advertisement -

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

Manu Dibango – One of Africa’s Biggest Losses

Africa's loss of Manu Dibango, her foremost musical legend, is a sad reminder that huge gaps are being left...

Writing Kenny Rogers in his Blaze of Glory

Truly conscious artistes actually had come to anchor higher vibrational love frequency on the planet and Kenny was one of them. Country Musician Kenny Rogers...

Zion, Democracy or Disproportionate Influences?

JS Chiappalone argues that true beings can all join hands in exposing the world wide conspiracy of evil rooted in the archons and propagated...

Essences Of The Higher Realms – Gaia Portal

Awakening means: ‘Think for yourself’ - not on command, out of habit, comfort or even a belief system. This is what the Light BEings...

Ola Rotimi’s Ovonramwen Nogbaisi: When history becomes drama

Ovonramwen Nogbaisi is a play that further establishes Rotimi's talent as a great African dramatist. Ovonramwen Nogbaisi: When History Becomes Drama by Ubaji Isiaka Abubakar Eazy OBARUDUAGBON....
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -
css.php