Archive for July 6th, 2008

source: BBC News
By Alix Kroeger
BBC News

New evidence of vote-rigging in last month’s presidential election in Zimbabwe has emerged in the form of a secret film made by a prison guard.

The guard, Shepherd Yuda, filmed the vote-rigging at his jail in a production for Guardian Films.

Prison officers, including Mr Yuda, who has now fled Zimbabwe, were forced to vote for President Robert Mugabe by superior officers.

The officers organised a postal ballot and [continue reading]

source: Reuters UK
By MacDonald Dzirutwe

HARARE (Reuters) – South African President Thabo Mbeki met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Saturday to try to help end a political crisis, his spokesman said.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said its leader Morgan Tsvangirai had declined to meet Mbeki, who has tried to mediate between the two sides after Mugabe’s disputed re-election on June 27.

Mbeki’s spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga said: “Yes, the president earlier on Saturday met President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara in the context of the mediation process.” Mutambara leads a breakaway faction of the MDC.

Spokesman for the main MDC, Nelson Chamisa, said the MDC was “mandated to negotiate under the resolutions of the Africa Union and the Southern Africa Development Community … on the basis that there is accountability (and) transparency”.

“Unfortunately the planned meeting today did not comply with [continue reading]