The Group of Eight rich nations currently meeting in Japan
agreed Tuesday to impose stiffer sanctions on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
and the entire leadership of the ruling ZANU-PF government. The group said it
did not accept the legitimacy of Mugabe’s administration, adding that the
Harare government does not represent the wishes of the ordinary Zimbabwean
after the main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out of the June 27
presidential run-off. But some African leaders sharply disagreed with the
sanctions saying it would not help to resolve the ongoing economic and
political crisis in Zimbabwe.
of President Mugabe have reportedly expressed outrage at the refusal of African
leaders to back the G8-targeted sanctions on the Mugabe administration.
Ncube is the logistics director of the Bulawayo
project, a non-governmental organization in Zimbabwe’s commercial capital. He tells reporter Peter Clottey that
Zimbabweans are in support of the G8 sanctions on President Mugabe.
generally support any action against the Mugabe regime for Mugabe to start
respecting and to start to take the people of Zimbabwe serious and accept to
negotiate on equal basis with the opposition. They are supporting any move or
decision taken by the G8 leaders to impose further sanctions on the leadership
of ZANU-PF and the government. And they are very clear that they understand
that these sanctions are targeted sanctions at ZANU-PF cronies and Mugabe,”
said Zimbabweans are outraged at some African leaders for failing to back the
G8 sanctions on the ruling ZANU-PF leadership.
are very disappointed with some African leaders who seem willing to postpone
the Zimbabwe crisis. It seem they are celebrating the crisis that the
Zimbabweans are going through. We are disappointed about their failure to take
a decisive action at the just ended AU (African Union) summit, and we think
that it is high time for the leaders to really be hard on Mugabe,” he said.
described as unfortunate the unity of purpose and solidarity exhibited by some
African leaders on the Zimbabwe crisis.
African brotherhood to say we are supporting or brother in Africa is not
helping the Zimbabwe cause this is what gives Mugabe the power to brutalize
Zimbabweans, to rig the elections because he knows that the African leaders
would not do anything to him,” Ncube pointed out.
said targeted sanctions against President Mugabe and the top leadership of the
ruling ZANU-PF party has taken a toll on the Harare government.
think they have helped. Remember, if you can listen very well to ZANU-PF talks,
they talk about the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) the opposition
campaigning for the lifting of the sanctions. It seem they (ruling party)
really feel these sanctions, and I think further sanctions will put pressure on
Mugabe to be serious in negotiations with the opposition,” he said.
said some Zimbabweans in the rural areas are still being assaulted.
the violence is still ongoing. In fact now, ZANU-PF tugs are targeting MDC
members and they are saying you are celebrating before the elections thinking
that you were going to win, but now we are back in power we want to discipline
you for what you have done. We have reported violence in the rural areas and
people are being brutalized, violence is still going on especially in the rural
areas,” Ncube noted.