There has been some controversy over two recent reports produced by Afrobarometer and Freedom House dealing with the comparative popularity of ZANU PF and MDC-T. However, it is a controversy with greater bearing than appears at face value. It is important because the issue is not merely over political party support and which party might win an impending election. We do not need to consider popularity of other political parties since both reports indicate that their support is negligible. The crunch issue is not whether support for MDC-T is waning and increasing for ZANU PF, and why.
Yet again the unrelenting greed of our leaders has reared its ugly head, this time in the form of the non-payment of fees for 50 000 students under the State Cadetship Scheme to enable them to attend universities and other tertiary institutions for further education.
Television viewers pay licenses hoping to gain access to quality programming. Therefore the public broadcaster should not be a channel for vitriolic hate speech or political propaganda by a single party. It should rather be a source of information for all citizens, giving balanced airspace to all political parties. A national broadcaster which acts as a mouth-piece for a particular political party is not worthy of a dime from citizens.
According to Amnesty International, thousands of people within Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe face the threat of mass eviction from homes and forced removal from their market stalls. The organisation's supporters have appealed to the authorities not to proceed with this mass
An estimated 200 people from an informal settlement in the suburb of
Gunhill and thousands of informal traders across Harare face
being forcibly removed without being given adequate notice or any
consultation or due process.
The right to be counted is a right of no small magnitude. Zimbabwe recently had a Census in which enumerators were sent out to gather information that would determine how many people are in Zimbabwe. However it appears the exercise was not done satisfactorily as recent outcries by Zimbabweans who were not counted during the census days or during the follow up exercise to the count referred to as the “mop up count” indicate.
In the wake of the release of the Freedom House [FH] report on Zimbabwe, the Afrobarometer has just released a report that perhaps sheds some light on the probable of party political support in Zimbabwe. Michael Bratton and Eldred Masunungure identify the methodological differences between the FH survey and an earlier Afrobarometer survey. In short, Bratton and Masunungure conclude that fear is a bigger factor than is acknowledged, but also that support for ZANU PF and MDC-T is more evenly split than is the conclusion of the FH study.
Today we have uploaded a copy of a Press Statement released after the recently held SADC Heads of State Summit:
The Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) wishes to express its disappointment with the decision of the 32nd SADC (Southern African Development Community) Summit of Heads of State and Government concerning the future mandate of the SADC Tribunal.
This is an open letter to MDC concerning their dismissal of the recently published Freedom House Survey carried out by Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI). The survey showed a decrease in popularity for the MDC, and on the other hand it showed that ZANU PF support was on the increase. The MDC party spokesman Douglas Mwonzora was quick to dismiss the results as ‘defective’, instead suggesting that the survey was done in ZANU PF strongholds where MDC supporters feared persecution.
Today we are posting Eileen Sawyer's death notice. What a brave and determined woman. Please also follow this link to Zimbabwe Situation to find out more about this amazing woman's life in a piece written by Tony Reeler : http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/aug19_2012.html#Z18