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.
General Debate 21 February 2017
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