ACTSA press release, 15 October
The announcement on 14 October that the UK government plans to resume the enforced return of Zimbabweans makes UK policy on Zimbabwe inconsistent and incoherent, and could add weight to calls for the European Union to lift targeted measures against the country.
The Home Office Minister states that the change has come about as a result of improvements on the ground since the formation in of the Inclusive Government in September 2008.
Conversely, in talks with NGOs the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has many times expressed its view that there …
February 2010 will mark the anniversary of the formation of an inclusive government for Zimbabwe.
1. Welcomes the start that has been made by the Unity Government in Zimbabwe on resolving some of the country's desperate problems, but recognises that much more still needs to change; 2. Is deeply concerned about the harassment and other difficulties facing political, trade union and other civil society activists and organisations, and expresses its continuing solidarity with all those affected; 3.
Global warming is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Increasing global temperatures are bringing about rapid changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather.
The following are among the articles contained
in this issue:
- Children and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
- Update on campaign to stop EPA's
- Challenges to trade unionism in Zimbabwe
- Focus: Staying positive about HIV/AIDS
- Children: The forgotten victims
Electoral legislation debated
On 20 April the Angolan parliament, the National Assembly, adopted several draft laws from the electoral legislative package that will form the foundations for national elections planned for September 2006. However, a major stumbling block is the draft Electoral Law, with neither side in the National Assembly agreeing on the central issue of who actually runs the elections.
Stalemate in parliament over registration
Government reshuffles continue
The Angolan government on 27 January underwent a further reshuffle, with the Minister for Information, Hendrik Vaal Neto being the most senior politician to be replaced. His deputy, Manuel Augusto, was also relieved of his post. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos replaced them with two senior media figures.
United Nations fades away
UNITA demand politicisation of Electoral Commission
The largest opposition party, UNITA, has demanded that an Independent Electoral Commission be set up in such a way that it is itself represented, along with churches and civil society.
On 6 December UNITA leader Isaias Samakuva told a workshop of opposition parliamentarians that the creation of an independent electoral commission must be at the centre of a new electoral law for the next election, which is expected to be held in September 2006.
Samakuva also raised UNITA's opposition to the suggestion by President Jose Eduardo …
End to electoral impasse?
Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has floated a suggestion that could unblock the electoral logjam that has stood in the way of setting the date for the next presidential and parliamentary elections. He has suggested that elections to the Angolan parliament, the National Assembly, should take place in September 2006, with presidential elections being held in 2007.
In May Angola's parliamentary opposition parties walked out of the Constitutional Commission which was drafting a new constitution.
Poor response to UN aid appeal
Despite recent donations from the European Commission and France to the United Nations joint appeal for Angola, the appeal remains woefully under-funded, with little prospect of aid flows matching donations given last year.
Election timetable proposed
Angola's ruling party, the MPLA, has put forward a detailed timetable culminating in presidential and parliamentary elections in September 2006.
The largest opposition party, UNITA, had objected to the lack of a timetable, and since 12 May had been boycotting the Angolan parliament's Constitutional Commission, the body that will pave the way for the country's next elections. UNITA has now indicated that it will rejoin the Constitutional Commission, and will put forward its own electoral timetable in parliament.
Deadlock in Constitutional Commission
Negotiations towards Angola's first elections since 1992 appear deadlocked. Angola's main opposition party, UNITA, has continued its boycott of parliament's Constitutional Commission, the body that will pave the way for the country's next elections.
Angola signs up for African Peer Review Mechanism
Donor failure leads to cuts in UN appeal
Aid boycott eases
IMF agreement imminent
Aid boycott worsens despite IMF talks
Election delay until 2006