May 18, 2008 |
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai postponed his return home for a presidential runoff election after his party said it had discovered an assassination plot against him. Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change, has been out of Zimbabwe for more than a month. He had been due to return from Europe to campaign for the June 27 second-round ballot against President Robert Mugabe.
May 31, 2008 |
The main opposition group declared itself Zimbabwe's new ruling party and convened what it called a session of parliament in defiance of President Robert Mugabe. Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai asked his party's lawmakers to stand for a minute's silence for the more than 50 people who have died in violence since March elections. He promised "a new and different era of governance." The opposition won 110 of the 210 seats in parliament. Tsvangirai faces Mugabe in a June 27 runoff for president.
August 13, 2008 |
A spokesman for a Zimbabwean opposition splinter group denied a report that President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the group had reached a power-sharing agreement. Shortly after the talks concluded, officials from Mugabe's party and the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change said the two sides had agreed on the plan. The reported agreement would exclude MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the first round of presidential elections in March but boycotted the runoff. Welshman Ncube, spokesman for the MDC splinter faction, denied that his leader, Arthur Mutambara, had signed an accord with Mugabe.
June 17, 2008 |
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, campaigning for reelection in a runoff June 27, warned that he would not cede power to Western-backed opponents, state media reported. "We shed a lot of blood for this country. We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?" the Herald quoted Mugabe as saying. Mugabe said the nation threw off colonial domination in a guerrilla war in 1980, and his party was ready to fight to stop the pro-Western Movement for Democratic Change from gaining control of the government, the paper reported.
June 1, 2008 |
A top Zimbabwe army general called on the nation's soldiers to vote for Robert Mugabe in a presidential runoff or quit the military, the official media reported. Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Martin Chedondo told troops at a target-shooting competition to leave the military if they did not support Mugabe, the state Herald newspaper reported. "Soldiers are not apolitical. Only mercenaries are apolitical. We have signed up and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party's principles of defending the revolution.
March 27, 2002
Re "South Africa Shouldn't Have to Go Tougher on Mugabe," Commentary, March 20: Why does it matter that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe may have been perceived as more pro-Western than his chief political opponent when he assumed power over 20 years ago? The pressing issue today is that his government has systematically violated human rights, shattered the rule of law and, by most observers' accounts, stolen the recent presidential election. This commentary suggests that some view the Movement for Democratic Change with suspicion because white Zimbabweans, less than 1% of the population, support it. What distinguishes the political opposition in Zimbabwe for many others is its admirable commitment to nonviolence in the face of violent government attack, though it is worth noting that a few white MDC parliamentarians have won election in overwhelmingly black constituencies, which represent unique acts of racial reconciliation.