Monday, June 23, 2008

Zim ‘on the brink of anarchy’

Zimbabwe is teetering on the edge of lawlessness and anarchy, according to James McGee, American Ambassador to that country.

Delivering a lecture at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for International Political Studies, McGee said he had personally witnessed the brutality of violence instigated by the ruling Zanu-PF party.

“Any attempt to deny it (violence) or claim it is the result of opposition activity is simply a lie.”

He unequivocally pointed out that President Robert Mugabe’s penchant for power was totally to blame for the current situation in Zimbabwe.

“The campaign of violence being conducted by the Mugabe regime is out of control and shows a callous disregard for local and international laws and the most basic standards of human rights.”

He said the chances of a free and fair June 27 presidential run-off election were non-existent.

“The government-directed campaign of violence and intimidation, coupled with planned electoral fraud make a free and fair election impossible.”

The only possible antidote, he suggested, was an immediate and large-scale commitment to independent electoral observation by Southern African Development Community and the African Union.

“If regional leaders decide to take forceful action that puts the interests of the people of Zimbabwe ahead of any entrenched political hierarchies, we can avoid the catastrophe”.

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