The Africa Liberal Network has issued the following statement in relation to the current crisis in Zimbabwe.
Having won the first round of the presidential elections in Zimbabwe with 48% of the votes against incumbent President Robert Mugabe-43%, Mr Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, announced on Sunday the 22nd of June that he would not contest the second round of presidential elections scheduled for the 27th of June.
In order to stop the violence initiated by the Zanu-PF, led by Robert Mugabe, the MDC leader opted not to ask the voters of Zimbabwe to put their lives at risk on the 27th of June.
Considering that the regime of Robert Mugabe is against freedom and is increasingly oppressive
Considering the reign of terror perpetrated by followers of the Zanu-PF and the militias of President Mugabe
Considering the ineffective role played by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa
Considering the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe
Considering the fact that SADC has not taken a firm stance on the issue
Considering the inaction of the African Union
Considering the lack of leadership of the UN Security Council
The Africa Liberal Network demands:
1- The cancellation of the run-off election of the 27th of June in Zimbabwe
2- The stopping of violence and acts of intimidation committed against the people of Zimbabwe by the Zanu-PF government
3- A resolution by the African Union condemning the regime of President Mugabe
4-That resolutions be taken in order to ensure the safety of opposition members and the population as a whole
5- A resolution by the UN condemning the regime of President Mugabe
6-The appointment of a new mediator to replace President Thabo Mbeki
Further, the Africa Liberal Network:
1- States its strong support for Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC, and the people of Zimbabwe
2- Calls upon the European Community to take a strong stance against the Mugabe regime
3- Calls for a quick negotiation between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai
4- Calls upon SADC to take greater responsibility in this matter
5- Calls upon all those who champion freedom and human rights to denounce this appalling situation and support the people of Zimbabwe
24 June 2008