Mugabe Swears In Electoral And Human Rights Commissions

Members of the Zimbabwe Electoral  Commission consist of retired judge, Justice Simpson Mutambanengwe (Chairperson), Joyce Kazembe, Dr Petty Makoni, Sibongile Ndlovu, Bessie Nhandara, Daniel Chigaru, Theophilus Gambe, Professor Geoff Feltoe and Mkhululi Nyathi.

The human rights commission comprises Professor Reginald Austin (Chairperson), Dr Ellen Sithole, Dr Kwanele Jirira, Neseni Nomathemba, Professor Carroll Khombe, Elasto Mugwadi, Dr Joseph Kurebwa, Jacob Mudenda and Japhet Ndabeni-Ncube.

Meanwhile Lindiwe Zulu, President Jacob Zuma’s International Affairs Adviser told Radio VOP that the facilitation team attending Zimbabwe interparty talks would receive a report on Wednesday night for presentation to President Zuma.

“We are actually busy and now waiting to meet the negotiators tonight to get a report,” said Zulu.

Zulu is part of a three member facilitating team appointed by Zuma, who was himself appointed by the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) grouping as facilitator to the Harare talks.

The team is also made up of anti-apartheid activist Mac Maharaj and Zuma’s political adviser Charles Nqakula.

Zulu said upon receiving the report her team will have a look at it before taking it to Zuma.

“Facilitating is not a simple act of just receiving a report like a post box. We will receive the report and engage with it actively to make sure that this issue is resolved,” said Zulu adding that her team is in constant touch with Zuma updating him on the progress of the talks. “We remain hopeful that this issue will be resolved completely soon.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party accuses Mugabe’s Zanu PF party of frustrating efforts to democratise Zimbabwe as agreed in a power sharing agreement signed in September 2008 leading to the formation of a coalition government last year with Tsvangirai as premier.

The MDC also wants Mugabe to rescind a decision to unilaterally appoint the Attorney General and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor. In addition it also wants its senior officials to be appointed as provincial governors and the dropping of terror charges against Roy Bennett which stands in his way to be appointed as Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

On its part Zanu PF wants MDC to call for the lifting of targeted sanctions on Mugabe and members of the party as well as cause the closure of so-called pirate radio stations broadcasting into Zimbabwe from foreign countries.