UNITED States research and advocacy group, Freedom House, has urged Sadc leaders to be firm on resolving the Zimbabwean political crisis by ensuring full implementation of the GPA before elections.
The organisation said the regional bloc should implement mechanisms that monitor the political parties’ compliance with GPA provisions. Freedom House senior programme officer for Africa Jenai Cox warned political violence would engulf the polls expected in 2013 if they are held without implementation of critical reforms.
“As the guarantor of the GPA, Sadc has a responsibility to the people of Zimbabwe to ensure that the GPA is fully implemented,” said Cox.
Sadc leaders met in Maputo on August 17 to discuss progress in GPA implementation which has dragged since the signing of the agreement on September 15 2008. It resolved that the inclusive government partners — Zanu PF and the MDC formations — should conclude the constitution-making process now deadlocked.
Freedom House criticised Sadc for repeatedly calling for full implementation of the GPA without outlining any consequences if elections were held without democratic and electoral reforms.
It said since the violence-ridden 2008 elections, the inclusive government has failed to make significant progress on reforms that include the adoption of a new governance charter, media and electoral law transformation. — Staff Writer.