Thursday, March 17, 2011

ZIMBABWE

I have, for a number of years, followed the developing situation in Zimbabwe closely. I have friends who grew up in that country and are now dispossessed of their birthright. The three decades since 'independence' have seen the country go from being the 'breadbasket of Africa' to an impoverished third world failed state.

Events in New Zealand and overseas have pushed the situation in Zimbabwe out of the headlines. For those who want to keep abreast of events can I recommend the website http://www.zimbabwesituation.com/ Latest reports have it that the Attorney General and Mulgabe loyalist Johannas Tomana is proposing the arrest of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai for contempt of court for speaking out against the decision of the Supreme Court ruling which set aside the election of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Lovemore Moro, an MDC supporter.

This against the backdrop of continuing Police raids on MDC offices along with the murder, beating and intimidation of MDC supporters and the refusal of South Africa, as the principal guarantor of the Government of National Unity (GNU) to force Mulgabe to adhere to the terms of that agreement.

All indications are that Mulgabe will go it alone with elections to be held later this year and use the power of the State (read the armed forces, police and the judiciary - all controlled by Mugabe loyalists) to crush any and all opposition.

Just a pity that a couple of decades ago the US decided, in a moment of righteousness, to forbid the CIA from carrying out the assassination of undesirable political leaders. Right decision in theory but wrong in practice.

7 comments:

mawm said...

.... to forbid the CIA from carrying out the assassination of undesirable political leaders.

If only the Western world, and the British government in particular, had treated Mugabe and all the other viscious African dictators as they would have any Western despot, Africa would be a stable continent. After Mugabe's Gukurahundi against the Ndebele shortly after getting into power, he should have been arrested, tried in the international courts and jailed for life.

Thirty years ago he showed us what he is and the West has him allowed him, and all the others, to get away with dispicable behaviour time and time again.

Anonymous said...

Its never right or even sensible for foriegn powers to assasinate leaders on a whim. The Israeli's learned that after Entebbe. There are other ways to deal with tribal stupidity but we are obliged to pander to cultural pasts that have little point other than as entertainmenmt in 2011. Even NZ hasn't learned how dangerous tribalism is as we slide backward into the dark past.

If there was oil there the US would be up his arse and the moral disaster that is Mugabe wouldn't be an issue.

Anonymous said...

Those africans know how to run a country, Magabe you go and show hone key how to put the boot down harder, on New Zealanders(we voted liarbor for 9 years)

Anonymous said...

"Just a pity that a couple of decades ago the US decided, in a moment of righteousness, to forbid the CIA from carrying out the assassination of undesirable political leaders. Right decision in theory but wrong in practice."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rehavam_Ze%27evi

Shit comes back on you sometimes.

The Veteran said...

Anon 4.12 ... please tell me you arn't serious. People are dying over there for daring to challenge Mulgabe, murdered by Government thugs.

You trivalise this with your inane comment.

Anonymous said...

The main reason mugabe periodically shows up on the radar set today is because 30+ years ago there were something like 200,000 people of European descent living in Rhodesia. This fact serves to maintain a glowing ember of awareness concerning mugabe's criminality.

For all that however, mugabe hasn't got long to live - and whoever [or whatever] succeeds him will simply be just another in an unbroken line of african "leadership structures" - that Red China will control with sofa cushion change.

Heine said...

Shit Veteran, they have an awful amount of elections over there eh? How come after all this, nobody has come in to topple the bastard?