The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, an association of Zimbabwean civic groups, will soon publish an assessment of the country's national unity government’s first six months in power under the somewhat skeptical title, “Can apples be reaped from a thorn tree?”
The subtitle refers to what is termed an “inclusive, exclusive and elusive government.”
Crisis Coalition sources said the report will examine critical areas where the unity government in its analysis has come up short, such as human rights and the rule of law.
Publication at the end of this month will be timed to coincide with a September summit of the Southern African Development Community in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Programs Manager Pedzisai Ruhanya told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the report considers whether the government has lived up to the September 2008 Global Political Agreement.
Ruhanya said the report also highlights government successes, such as in reopening the country's schools, closed in 2008 amid political chaos and economic meltdown.