Archive for July 3rd, 2008

source: ZimbabweMetro
By Staff
July 2, 2008

The Botswana government has sealed off its Botswana-Zimbabwe border. Botswana Defence Forces have been deployed allegedly with heavy artillery, along the long boarder between the two neighbors.

It is suspected that this is the first step Botswana is taking along with breaking ties with Zimbabwe,as it to reviews its recognition and legitimacy of the Zimbabwean government. Botswana might recall its ambassador Pelokgale Seloma from Harare and expel his Zimbabwean counterpart.

In an interview with Botswana Sunday Standard, Botswana minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Brigadier Dikgakgamatso Seretse, said, “This is a very sensitive matter, therefore, I can neither confirm nor deny any deployment of soldiers along the Zimbabwe-Botswana boarder.”

Early this week Botswana become the first African country to publicly declare that it will not recognize Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe and called for [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
3 July 2008
Posted to the web 3 July 2008

Dumisani Muleya
Johannesburg

THE outlines of a negotiation – if not a deal – in Zimbabwe began to form for President Thabo Mbeki yesterday as that country’s two main political protagonists laid down markers in the wake of an African Union (AU) call this week for Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai to form a “unity” government in Harare.

Mugabe’s information minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, said the incumbent Zanu (PF) had no objections to a unity government, while Tsvangirai ‘s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) rejected the idea, but instead proposed a transitional government leading to new elections, and insisted on the presence of an AU envoy during any negotiations that Mbeki might try to facilitate.

Tsvangirai also said any talks would have to start from the basis that he had won the elections held on March 29 .

While the two sides may seem far apart, they may have [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
02 July 2008

Morgan Tsvangirai has rejected calls by the African Union for his party to enter into a government of national unity with Zanu PF, saying any talks should lead to fresh elections. Addressing journalists at his Harare home on Wednesday Tsvangirai argued that a unity government would simply ignore the will of the people as expressed in the March 29 elections and that this would not solve the country’s problems. ‘Our commitment to a negotiated settlement is not about power-sharing or power deals but about democracy, freedom and justice,’ he said. The MDC is instead proposing a ‘transitional authority’ based on the March poll, to prepare the ground for free and fair elections under a new constitution.

Tsvangirai stressed that there could be no talks as long as the Zanu PF sponsored violence continued. He demanded the release of all political prisoners, the disbanding of militia bases and torture camps and said the country’s security services should, ‘halt their partisan operations.’ He also expressed his party’s reservations about South African president Thabo Mbeki’s mediation. ‘It is our position that unless the mediation team is expanded to include at least one permanent representative from the African Union, and the mediation mechanism is changed, no meaningful progress can be made towards [continue reading]