“We shed a lot of blood for this country…We are not going to give up our country for a mere X on a ballot. How can a ballpoint pen fight with a gun?"
Mad Bob is currently dictatorship at it’s worst.
Not only has he ignored the results of the March elections to fudge a Presidential run-off (the results haven’t even been released yet because he lost the bloody thing), he’s now in the process of stripping away the last vestiges of democracy in
First off, the brutality shown towards supporters of the opposition
“We shall never, never accept anything that smells of the MDC. These pathetic puppets taking over this country? Let’s see. That is not going to happen…We are prepared to fight for Zimbabwe if we lose it in the same way that our forefathers lost it.”
So, basically, if he loses the election there’ll be a terrible war and if he wins the election it’ll be via bullying and brutilising the population of Zimbabwe.
Not exactly a win-win situation is is?
This whole messy episode reminds me of Kenya’s ongoing political crisis and doesn’t bode well for the development and furtherment of genuine democracies in Africa.
Not that the rest of the world is helping much, I presume because there is a serious lack of oil to justify regime change in Zimbabwe and involvement in Africa comes with all kinds of colonial connotations. So the Western leaders bluster off stage, whilst the deafening silence of South African leader President Thabo Mbeki and his brand of quiet diplomacy has spearheaded Africa’s political response.
Spearhead isn’t really the right word, more like an appeasing shrug and this approach is seriously damaging South Africa’s reputation on the world stage because by their very association with Mad Bob’s regime, they are tarnished.
The solution? Brute force I’m afraid. Mugabe won’t go peacefully into the night, he’s already shown that, Zimbabwe’s damaged economy and infrastructure is already impacting upon neighbouring countries in Southern Africa and something needs to be done to enable direct change before it affects the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.
It’s either that or we all stand by and watch…