Zimbabwe's false dawn begins to unravel

Well, all that hope and expectation has predictably hit a brickwall with a resounding thud. Never was Robert Mugabe going to share power with the opposition MDC fairly and work towards securing the national interest through concerted economic revival programmes accompanied by far-reaching policy reforms.

Mugabe and Zanu PF continue to ride roughshod over the interests of the majority, prioritising power and control over everything else. Tsvangirai and his team have been marginalised into a corner from which they occasionally shriek vain opposition to Mugabe's unilateral exercise of executive authority with such impunity that one would be forgiven for thinking he was the outright victor in the last election.

What's more, Mugabe is demanding that the whole world shift its position regarding Zimbabwe without him having moved an inch. Talk about having one's cake and eating it too! If he has succeeded in bullying the MDC into his government and confining them in a corner, at least the rest of the world must not allow him to get away with it. Sanctions against his government must be maintained. Why, even Arthur Mutambara, who regularly fulminates about imperialism and all that Mugabesque balderdash, is quick to admit that Zimbabwe is hurting more from self-inflicted sanctions than any imposed by external forces. Zanu PF simply needs to be shown that being the bully on the block and successfully armtwisting political rivals at home does not wash with the rest of the world. There should be no assistance without real reform.


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