Bomb attack on Minister Biti deplorable, SADC urged to take action

The Crisis In Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) strongly condemns the bomb attack at the residence of Finance Minister Tendai Biti over the weekend. We are also disturbed that the attack on Minister Biti comes on the heels of heated exchanges between the Minister, President Mugabe and Service Chiefs at a National Security Council meeting held last week.

What is suspicious about the bomb attack is that police who guard the Minister's residence had not reported for duty for days. We call upon the State authorities to investigate this matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. We challenge the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to have the same energy that they demonstrated when they indiscriminately arrested Glen view residents and MDC activists whom they accuse of killing police Inspector Mutedza.

As CiZC, we re-state our position that Zimbabwe is not ready for elections and that in the absence of legislative and institutional reforms including reforming of the State security apparatus, the country will once again witness another sham of an election. We maintain that SADC as the guarantor of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) must be at the forefront of crafting the elections roadmap and organizing the next polls. On her own, Zimbabwe cannot deliver a credible election.

We call upon the SADC summit on Zimbabwe to be held this weekend to bring finality to the Zimbabwe's governance crisis. We demand the following;

1. An elections road map agreed to by SADC with clear benchmarks and timelines in line with the SADC Guidelines governing conduct of democratic elections.

2. The appointment of SADC monitors that will work with the Joint Monitoring Committee (JOMIC) to ensure compliance with and full implementation of the Global Political Agreement.

3. Security Sector Reforms-SADC should put in place mechanisms to confine the military to the barracks and the de-militarization of State institutions.

4. Strengthening of Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) including recruitment of professionals and the removal of CIOs from the Secretariat.

5. Deployment of monitors six (6) months before and three (3) months after the planned elections.

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