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Hope For Peace In Zimbabwe

A signature, some handshakes, and four days of talks have raised hopes for an end to the Zimbadwean political crisis that was created by President Mugabe when he refused to accept the decision of his people they wanted someone else to lead the nation. The economy is in ruins, members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) are still reeling after the attacks on them from Mugabe’s thugs, but there is a fragile hope some type of resolution of the conflict is still possible. Mugabe and his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, shook hands, but the question still remans as to whether Mugabe is willing to cede some power to the MDC.

There is no question, despite the bravado of challenging the world, President Mugabe is weaker than at any other point in his political career. His nation is under tremendous pressure from the outside world and from fellow African leaders for peace in Zimbabwe. But, as always, the issue comes down to the personality of the little tyrant who has never been willing to share power with anyone. Can he move away from the abyss of disaster and for once in his life act presidential?

Mugabe Agrees To Share Power With Tsvangirai

After months of conducting a brutal campaign against Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe, President Mugabe agreed to work with his rival in order to create the semblance of order in the nation that has been torn to pieces by refusal on the part of Mugabe to surrender his office. President Mbeki of South Africa, finally awoke from his slumber of ignoring brutality, and persuaded Mugabe to reach out to his rival and agree to work in a cooperative manner. “We sit here in order for us to chart a new way,” said Mugabe, ” a new way of political interaction. We must now act as Zimbabweans, think as Zimbabweans, and act as Zimbabweans.” Despite misgivings about the thuggish manner in which Mugabe has behaved, Morgan Tsvangirai pledged his cooperation. Both agreed on the need to amend the Constitution and most probably adopt the compromise Kenya developed last year– a president and a prime minister who share power.

Although both men are now promising to cooperate, the nation is in a shambles as a result of Mugabe’s economic policies which destroyed farming in the nation. Inflation is now at 2.2 million percent and over two million people have fled the country. Tsvangirai must become the prime minister and be given power to restore the farm economy. In doing that, it would force Mugabe’s friends and loyalists to give up the land they legally stole.

African Leader: “Mugabe An Embarrassment”

Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya, described Robert Mugabe as “an embarrassment to the African continent. He lost an election and refused to move on.” Despite his personal loathing for the two bit petty tyrant who terrorizes the Zimbabwean people, Odinga is working hard to find a solution that will allow the Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change which actually won the presidential election, to gain an entry to power. Her persuaded the MDC to hold talks with Mugabe. Its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, had refused until Mugabe pledges to cease killing, brutalizing and jailing members of the opposition.

Mugabe has gained one piece of fame in world history, his government is probably the first to issue $1 billion notes. The economy is in ruins and now Mugabe is threatening to seize foreign owned businesses, a move which would lead to severe economic retaliation on the part of world business groups.

The prospect for a peaceful resolution of Zimbabwean problems is slim, but the world can hope.

Zimbabwe Mediation Talks Proceed In South Africa

President Mugabe sits comfortably in power in Harare in the aftermath of a blood bath conducted by his forces against anyone who dared challenge his right to power. The petty tyrant apparently has decided he must now display the face of openess to the world in order to eliminate the smell of murder and brutality which still lingers in his country. Mediation talks began in Pretoria, South Africa, where members of the brutalized Movement for
Democratic Change confronted their tormentors, the Zanu-PF party of Mugabe. A spokesperson for the MDC said, “we are meeting them(Zanu-PF) face to face. We are not afraid of them.”

The UN Security Council held off on further sanctions against Mugabe that would include an arms embargo and an embargo on Mugabe and his henchmen in crime being able to travel. South African President Mbeki, who has become an object of ridicule due to his shameful support for Mugabe, insists he can still serve as a mediator. However, the MDC wants new mediators in order to obtain a semblance of objectivity in negotiations.

G-8 Leaders Blast Mbeki Failure In Zimbabwe

President Mbeki of South Africa was subjected to a blistering attack from G-8 leaders for his abject failure to act in the role of mediator regarding the situation in Zimbabwe where his close friendship with President Mugabe has made him blind to the violence that has ripped apart the nation. In heated exchanges by President Bush, Chancellor Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, the South African leader was told he failed to do his job as mediator and unless things changed for the better, G-8 nations will institute economic sanctions against his close friend, Mugabe.

In Zimbabwe, Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa told the press representatives of the Movement for Democratic Change had agreed to talks under the supervision of President Mbeki. “We have received communication that they are ready for a resumption of inter-party talks.” However, Morgan Tsvangirai, head of MDC has made clear there will be no talks until violence ends against members of his group.

South African Mediation Offer On Zimbabwe

Throughout the crisis which has engulfed Zimbabwe since the election of March 29th which gave a clear majority of the votes to Morgan Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC)s, President Mbeki has remained silent and given tacit encouragement to President Mugabe. The failure of the South African leader to take a pro-active role in the fight for democracy has seriously damaged efforts at a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Suddenly, President Mbeki has proposed a new compromise which allows Mugabe to remain as titular head of the nation while transferring real power to Tsvangirai who would assume the role of prime minister in a coalition government.

It is not surprising the MDC is cautiously approaching the compromise wondering if the plan is way to make legitimate the horror that engulfed the people of Zimbabwe under the ruthless rule of Mugabe. The MDC has tentatively agreed with the proposal but would prefer if another mediator was appointed by the African Union who does not share such close ties with Mugabe.

There are many unanswered questions about the proposed compromise government. Would it be able to take action against the murderers who killed innocent people and what would be done about any army that is closely tied to the gangsters that currently rule Zimbabwe.

Tsvangirai Declines Phony Offer OF Mugabe

Morgan Tsvangira, who won the election for president on March 29 only to have his victory disallowed by President Mugabe, turned down the pseudo dictator’s offer that he is now “ready for dialogue.” Mugabe was urged by members of the African Union to work for a national unity government in order to get rid of the bad taste in the mouths of African leaders over his display of brutal savagery against members of the opposition in Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai, who heads the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC), told the AU, “a government of national unity does not address the problems facing Zimbabwe or acknowledge the will of the Zimbabwe people.”

It is impossible for the MDC to negotiate with Mugabe after he killed 90 of their members, beat and tortured thousands, and drove additional thousands from their homes. Had Mugabe been willing to negotiate prior to the beatings, there might have been a genuine dialogue for peace. Mugabe is a thug, a murderer, and he should not be accorded any recognition by the world.

Tsvangirai also asked the AU to fire President Mbeki of South Africa from his role as mediator, given his bias in favor of Mugabe.

Morgan Tsvangirai Debates Continuing In Election

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC)s in Zimbabwe is debating the issue of whether to continue his attempt of campaigning in the farce that is known as an “election” in Zimbabwe. The death total for members of the MDC is now at 85, its second in command is in jail based on charges he is attempting to subvert the government and he insulted President Mugabe, while thugs and police run wild beating up and killing anyone who opposes the Mugabe re-election. Innocent Gonese, of the MDC, stated bluntly: The people have been subjected to violence and intimidation” and they have no legal recourse because those doing the beatings belong to the police, the armed forces or local thugs who are members of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

There are many in the MDC who believe it is hopeless to continue the farce known as the run-off election. President Mugabe has used the power of his administration to beat and kill opponents and he has made clear that under no condition would he allow Tsvangirai to become president. So, why participate in the election? That is the question for MDC leaders. In a sense, they are trapped in a Catch-22 situation in which continuing to participate only results in injuries or death to their supporters while leaving the field allows Mugabe to claim the MDC was afraid to participate.

Mugabe Mouths Hate And Violence

The nation of Zmbabwe is supposedly having a run-off election to determine who will be the next president. In an earlier ballot, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, gained more votes than incumbent President Mugabe. However, Mugabe is using the full force of his police and military to ensure no such defeat will ever again occur. Yesterday, he told cheering soldiers and a crowd that “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 it if we lose it in the same way that our forefathers lost is(to the British colonists).

The farce that is termed an “election” continues even though Mugabe has made clear he won the election before the first ballot was cast. Morgan Tsvangirai is a noble and honest man, but he is making a mistake continuing the election. The entire continent of Africa knows what is going on and it is time for him to end the fiasco that is now occurring in Zimbabwe. Too many lives have already been lost and many more will if the election proceeds.

Terror Intensifies In Zimbabwe

A top leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe was arrested and became the most senior members of MDC to be thrown into jail. Arthur Mutambara was accused of insulting President Mugabe whose wife several days ago charged the MDC as the group responsible for fostering violence in the nation. Mutambara was arrested “for publishing falsehoods and for contempt of court for an opinion article he wrote in April which criticised the president of Zimbabwe. The editor of the main opposition newspaper, The Standard, was arrested last week for writing similar falsehoods against the current government which has wrecked the economy and destroyed democracy. Three fellow MDC lawmakers have been arrested over the past few weeks as Mugabe ramps up his campaign of intimidation and terror.

Last week, by accident, the body of Tonderai Ndira, an activist for MDC, was found. His eyes had been gouged out and his tongue cut off. Given claims by Mrs. Mugabe that MDC is responsible for terror one can only assume she will now insist Ndira was killed by MDC to cast suspicion on her wonderful husband and damage his unblemished record of supporting democracy!!