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Group: Mugabe Abusing Position Over Results Delay

Press Statement On Zimbabwe Situation

April 9, 2008 - PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty) completely condemns the abuse of government officials in Zimbabwe, they have manipulated the release of the official presidential electoral results in Zimbabwe. The current leadership has grossly abused their political positions to alter and postpone the electoral results.

The global community is fully aware of the results that were to be announced by the ZEC. It is a disgrace that they were not permitted to do so by President Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

PASSOP also condemns war veterans and the youth militia emerging on the streets in Zimbabwe at this sensitive time. Although their demonstrations have been peaceful, it is obvious they were meant to intimidate the public and the opposition.

We further question if the same liberty to protest would have been provided to the MDC opposition party. We also question whether, under Zimbabwe's strict Gathering Act, the proper paperwork was done in order for such protests and demonstrations to be held or if the law is being selectively implemented to favour the current ruling party.

We appeal to the South African Government's sense of justice.

We encourage our government to be proactive and strongly condemn the hate speech, intimidation and bribery. We further hope they will take the necessary steps to prevent a situation out of which genocide may arise in Zimbabwe.

It is our view that mismanagement of the economy has resulted in a mass migration, into South Africa, of poor desperate Zimbabweans and that this is an attack on South Africa's sovereignty, the Zimbabwean issue is one which South Africa has to involve itself, no longer can South Africa respect Zimbabwe's sovereignty and pay for it by supporting Zimbabweans in South Africa.

We are preparing to protest.

ENDS

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