USA doubts free Zim elections
- From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
[The USA must take some of the blame for Zimbabwe because it played a
major role, through Kissinger, in forcing Rhodesia to surrender to a
communist like Mugabe.
The USA thus helped to bring a Communist Terrorist to power in its
"furthering of democracy" here in Africa 25 years ago. But... will the
USA now do anything constructive to help the country?
Of course NOT!!! Don't expect anything constructive from the USA in
Africa. Of course... it leaves me disgusted. But... in Israel... the USA
is also helping their local Communist Terrorist to come to power there.
Sometimes, it appears to me, the USA does more to help the Communist
Terrorists than the Russians do!! Jan]
Washington - The United States wants free and fair parliamentary
elections in Zimbabwe but doubts that balloting set for March 31 will
meet those conditions, the Bush administration said on Tuesday.
President Robert Mugabe announced on Monday that elections will be held
across Zimbabwe on the last day of March. The last previous vote, in
2000, was racked with violence blamed on Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party as
opposition candidates came close to ending its reign despite electoral
rules seen as biased toward the ruling party.
"We wish to see free and fair parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe on
March 31 that reflect the will of the people," State Department
spokesperson Richard Boucher said on Tuesday. "Zimbabwe needs a
legitimate parliament that can grapple with the economic and governance
crises that have caused millions of Zimbabweans to flee."
Boucher said, however, that the United States has "serious concerns about
the election environment in Zimbabwe."
He demanded that controls on the media be lifted, all parties be allowed
to campaign freely and political violence be ended.
"Another flawed election only will serve to exacerbate Zimbabwe's
divisions, prolong its economic and governance crises and create even
greater hardships for its southern Africa neighbors," Boucher said.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, testifying last month at hearings on
her nomination, listed Zimbabwe among countries that remain "outposts of
tyranny" in the world.