The election in March 2002 in Zimbabwe,
which featured intimidation and numerous irregularities and structural
impediments, was painful to watch.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and has party
ZANU-PF has been blamed for the majority of the violence and all the other
problems. The American Committee on Africa
was deeply involved in the long struggle for freedom, impendence and majority
rule in what was then called Rhodesia. And the 1980 Robert Mugabe
and ZANU-PF faced the same kind of intimidation. The items may be useful. Some are not available on-line at this time
but would still be useful for researchers.
Election March 2002
Betrayed by Janice McLaughlin, March 17, 2002
Janice McLaughlin lives in Zimbabwe and offers her reflections
on the March 2002 elections. She is leadership development coordinator at Silveira House, a Jesuit training center. In 1977 she served as press secretary for the
Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Rhodesia, and compiled reports
about the atrocities committed by the Smith regime.
Election March 1980
In March 1980
elections were held in what was then Rhodesia. The
elections were part of the Lancaster House Agreement that led to an independent Zimbabwe.
Despite intimidation of voters by whites and “auxiliaries” who supported
Bishop Abel Muzorewa’s UANC, the majority of the
people voted for ZANU(PF).
The Zimbabwe Miracle – An Observer’s report on the Rhodesia
Elections February 27-29, 1980
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa, March 19, 1980.
George M. Houser, Executive Director, American Committee on Africa,
March 4, 1980.
Observers Report Intimidation in Rhodesian Elections, press release,
American Committee on Africa, February 20, 1980
Observers Arrested in Rhodesia, press release, American Committee on Africa,
February 19, 1980
Statement by the
American Committee on Africa on Sending Observers to Monitor Rhodesian
Elections by George M. Houser, Executive Director for the Subcommittee on
African Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 5, 1979. Ian
Smith and Bishop Abel Muzorewa signed an “internal settlement” which excluded
the main liberation organizations (ZANU and ZAPU) and did not lead to true
majority rule. ZANU and ZAPU rejected
the internal settlement. Under the
“internal settlement” there were elections held in April 1979.
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