This is infuriating in so many ways:
“Some African leaders mentioned that we should bear in mind that Mugabe will retire in a few years. Putting pressure on Zimbabwe, including sanctions, might lead to internal conflict. We should be discreet and careful,” a spokesman for Japan told the paper.
[Tanzania's President Jakaya] Kikwete said at the G8 summit: “We are saying no party can govern alone in Zimbabwe and therefore the parties have to work together, come out to work together in a government and then look at the future of their country together.”
Just. Rendered. Inarticulate.
So, after the break are some things that make me smile despite all of this.
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In his column in today’s Guardian, Timothy Garton Ash suggests seven things that those of us outside Zimbabwe can do to support Zimbabweans in achieving a democratic government. Read the article here.
One of the seven recommended actions is to sign the petition at avaaz.org. He notes that the number of signatories rose from around 90,000 to 111,000 whilst he was writing his column. When I signed, it was at around the 120,000 mark and it now sits at over 160,000. Please add your support!
From the BBC News site, a video of Nelson Mandela’s comments regarding Zimbabwe.
It’s probably too much to hope that this will pierce Mugabe’s conscience, but this should give heart to the opposition in Zimbabwe and all those who hope for a truly democratic government there.
The Zimbabwean election countdown has come to a premature, but sadly predictable, end. The Guardian has posted this timeline detailing recent events and it’s depressing reading.
Christopher Hitchens recently asked the question “Why hasn’t Nelson Mandela spoken out against Robert Mugabe?”. It seems to be a fair question. A number of prominent African leaders, including Mandela’s wife and Thabo Mbeki’s brother, have given their support to a call to the end of violence in Zimbabwe. Madiba’s signature is notable for its absence.
Certainly recent events have shown that Mugabe remains obstinate in the fact of international approbation, however Zimbabweans would doubtless be heartened by the support of one of the world’s truly respected leaders.
From Mugabe urged to cancel run-off:
“Business Day quoted unnamed sources as saying that Mbeki tried to set up a meeting between Mugabe and Tsvangirai — their first to date — but did not receive a firm commitment from Zimbabwe’s president.
It said Mbeki attempted to convince Mugabe and Tsvangirai to form a government of national unity.”
That’s likely to happen…
Right now, there’s nothing coherent I can add by way of commentary on any of this.
Choose Mugabe or you face a bullet
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Zimbabwe voters terrorised: ‘Abductions, murders and disappearances’ from The Guardian Audio – Chris McGreal