Resistance and Denial: Zimbabwe’s Stalled Reform Agenda

Nov. 16, 2011, 7:13 p.m.

The International Crisis Group recently published a report on progress made towrds the goals established by the Global Political Agreement which was signed by Zimbabwe's three major parties in 2008. The report looks specifically at the challenges in inter-party cooperation and security issues which must be addressed before elections are held.  The full report can be found here.

Transition and reform appear stalemated in Zimbabwe. Profound deficits remain in implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed by Zimbabwe’s three main political parties in September 2008. Prospects are remote for engaging core security and law-and-order concerns before elections that are anticipated within twenty months. Nothing significant has changed in the half year since April 2011, when the GPA’s Periodic Review Mech­an­ism reported that most outstanding issues were unresolved; that negotiated solutions are followed by interminable delays in execution appears to have become an entrenched pattern. Opportunities to build a foundation for sustainable political and economic recovery are consistently undermined. Violence and repression are pressing concerns; the police appear unwilling or unable to provide effective deterrence or remedy and the expectation of a more proactive engage­ment by the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) around issues of political violence has yet to bear fruit.

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