Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sustained pressure on Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF mandatory

Efforts by the Revolutionary Youth Movement, Free Zimbabwe Youth and the Zimbabwe Diaspora Forum to publicize the issue of the diaspora vote is commendable. At the same time the MDC's forray in Adis Ababa is indeed a continuation of the opposition's quest to sensitize the African community on the issues bedeviling Zimbabwe. Noone but ourselves can speak for ourselves on the issues affecting us as a people. While Thabo Mbeki is expected to brief his peers in Ethiopia on the sidelines of the AU Summit on matters to do with the SADC-talks, the progressive movement still needs to own the process of ushering in a new political dispensation.

Zimbabweans in the diaspora can contribute towards the cause materially, strategically and morally while the progressive movement back home needs to be organized and create a channel of support and linkage with the diaspora activists. This writer is committed to contributing in more ways than one towards the campaign against dictatorship in Zimbabwe.

This is the time to stand up and be counted. Individual and collective participation will be vital in the struggle to emancipate ourselves from tyranny. The progressive movement will not prevail with a single strategy but will do so based on a sustained and well organized multi-pronged approach. Legal, political and civic approaches need to be harnessed in order to extert pressure on the government of Zimbabwe. All these strategies will be geared towards deligitimizing the 2008 Election in Zimbabwe and campaigning for a new constitution and a free and fair election. Zimbabweans should unequivocally condemn a pre-determined outcome and lambast Mugabe's business as usual or rather rigging as usual approach to governance in Zimbabwe.

This writer is calling upon the wisdom and commitment of like-minded individuals to embark on a multi-pronged and sustained strategy to pressurize Robert Mugabe to respect fundamental human rights.

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