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Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe.
Last week, Freedom House explained the impending election as not meeting several basic protocols of free and fair elections:
Upcoming parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe face the likelihood of being severely compromised as repression against the country's political opposition increases steadily....
Indeed, the election could not be truly free and fair, because President Robert Mugabe’s government withheld food aid from supporters of opposition parties and prevented opposition candidates from accessing the media.
Freedom House rankings of Zimbabwe:
...between one and two million of those voters, according to different estimates, are zombie voters, people known to be dead or who have been registered twice.
In terms of stifling free and objective journalism in Zimbabwe, only Libya, Burma, Turkmenistan, and North Korea have less freedom of the press.
Over the past decade, in particular, there has been a significant deterioration in press freedom in Zimbabwe:
As we've noted before, the most significant UN reform would involve revoking the equal standing of unfree regimes, as well as linking how the UN views a regime with how that regime treats its citizens.
But it's not just a lack of political or press freedom in Zimbabwe; the 2005 Index of Economic Freedom classifies Zimbabwe among the worst countries in terms of economic freedom. Mugabe's Zimbabwe is classified as "repressed," with a score of 4.36 (1 being best, 5 being worst).
Zimbabwe's opposition leader has accused the ruling party of trying to steal Thursday's parliamentary elections. Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, said "disgusting, massive fraud" had been committed and that Zimbabweans should "defend their vote."
Over the past year, Mugabe instituted measures that further destroyed the country's economy and trampled the rule of law, even sanctioning attacks on opposition supporters, in his single-minded determination to remain in office. Moreover, his supporters used various measures to steal the election and prevent people from voting, including vote fraud, intimidation, and delays. Following a court-ordered third day of voting on March 11, the official results show that Mugabe's tactics were successful in an election that was neither free nor fair....
Today, Zimbabwe has the dubious honor of being the fastest shrinking economy in the world. A few well-known statistics provide an insight into life in Mugabe's Zimbabwe.
Sokwanele blog reports:
Only a few days ago the courageous Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, advocated a non-violent and peaceful uprising to remove an entrenched dictatorship that has caused untold suffering to the people of Zimbabwe. It seems the people are heeding that call.
Publius Pundit responds:
Yes, pray for them. And pray that this is true as well. If it does happen, will Mugabe crack down? Most likely. If he doesn’t, then he could lose his government. If he does? He certainly doesn’t face consequences unless it doesn’t work.
It's an uphill battle, to be sure, for those who desire democracy in Zimbabwe, but count WILLisms.com among those supporting the freedom loving people of Zimbabwe. As "The Dude" (from The Big Lebowski) would put it:
This aggression will not stand, man.
Unfortunately, it looks like Robert Mugabe's aggression just might stand. The arsenal of words and deeds that could change the Mugabe regime along the lines of what happened in Ukraine last year is small, but the important thing is that hope exists. If the people can truly rise up and begin to take back their country, the international community must be there to support them, if only rhetorically and diplomatically. While Zimbabwe's opposition likely will not follow "the blueprint" as closely as we've seen recently in other countries, it must at least try.
VOA reports that the leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change, not accepting the fraudulent results, is meeting on Saturday to chart its course forward.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai thus far has called on the people of Zimbabwe to defend their vote:
"This government has fraudulently once again betrayed the people," said Mr Tsvangirai in what was seen as an indirect call for a mass uprising in response to what the opposition called "rigged results."
Count us as hopeful but very pessimistic on Zimbabwe; however, we're rooting for the underdog MDC, the forces of freedom, against the evil Mugabe machine.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a official statement, noting the election was "not free and fair."
[More on Zimbabwe, here]
Posted by Will Franklin · 1 April 2005 06:50 PM
Mugabe needs to be thrown in jail and get that ugly mug of his up on a mug shot! He really should be so thankful he did not enter any beauty contests! Ugh! Ugh! that mug...
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at April 2, 2005 01:32 PM