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Mugabe ready to quit - Nkala

Publish date: 22 May 2012
Issue Number: 479
Diary: Legalbrief Africa Old
Category: Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe has reportedly told a former minister in his government that he wants to retire but fears his party would disintegrate, notes a report on the News24 site.

'From what we discussed, Mugabe said he is tired and wants to retire but he cannot do so now because Zanu-PF would die,' Enos Nkala, a former minister of defence in Mugabe's late-1980s government, told The Standard newspaper. 'He cannot leave when the party is in such a state. What is holding him now is managing and containing Zanu-PF to prevent it from disintegrating.' Nkala warned that Mugabe's succession remains a delicate issue that if not handled carefully might result in 'chaos or civil war'. Full report on the News24 site

A highly anticipated visit by human rights commissioner, Navi Pillay, to Zimbabwe this week could have some welcome consequences, notes a Mail & Guardian Online report. It says in 2009 Manfred Nowak, then-UN special rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment and punishment (appointed by the UN's Human Rights Council), was unable to conduct a fact-finding mission after he was deported from Zimbabwe. According to the report, the incident coincided with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's claim that his Movement for Democratic Change had 'disengaged' from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF - citing human rights violations and persistent breaches of the frosty power-sharing agreement between the parties. Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa, who invited Pillay, was quoted by the state media as saying he had 'warned her in advance that news of her coming to Zimbabwe would trigger negative stories to colour her appreciation of the situation'. Full Mail & Guardian Online report

The US says it will not lift sanctions imposed on Mugabe and dozens of top officials before there are signs of permanent political reforms, notes a report on the News24 site. 'The US continues to maintain sanctions on Zimbabwe and will do so until we believe that substantial and irreversible progress has been made in the implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement,' Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, said. The US introduced sanctions against more than 50 government, military and ruling party officials in protest over controversial elections and alleged human rights abuses by Mugabe's government. Full report on the News24 site