Months and weeks have passed since President Mugabe stole an election which resulted in him becoming “president” of his nation. The Southern African Development Community(SADC) months ago asked President Mbeki of South Africa to help mediate the dispute between Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) whose original victory in the presidential race was voided by the Mugabe government. Mbeki, a close friend of Mugabe, has procrastinated and hampered any effort to exert pressure on his good friend to behave according to standards of democracy. Tsvangirai was halted at the airport, his passport seized, and finally returned. Every time there is a rumor Mugabe has agreed to anything resembling abandoning some of his power, within hours or a day, the rumor is laid to rest.
The government of Botswana has just about reached the limits of its patience and has threatened to boycott the SADC meeting if Mugabe shows up. Unfortunately, other African nations are not showing similar concern for the people of Zimbabwe. The result is the dance of negotiation goes on and on….