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Mugabe– His Own Prisoner?

Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe as a one man show in which he placed people who were loyal to him in charge of most operations. The problem with being a tyrant is that invariably a bureaucracy is established staffed by those who begin as your lackeys and wind up running the show regardless of what you desire. The unity government which now includes Morgan Tsvangirai is in a virtual state of collapse because security forces arrested Roy Bennett who was supposed to have an important post in the new government. Key officials in the Movement for Democratic Change believe rogue elements in the security forces are acting on their own to bring down the “unity government” because they fear any threat to their power. Mugabe created the Joint Operations Command (JOC) which consists of heads of the army, police and air force, and this group was supposed to be disbanded under the new government organization, but the tight group of security leaders will not go quietly.

Mugabe has now become a prisoner of what he created and security forces are doing what they believe is necessary to maintain power. They have absolutely no interest in what is good for Zimbabwe since their personal financial and power interests are all that counts. An honest government would investigate how they accumulated wealth so the unity government must go. Mugabe thinks his enemy is Morgan Tsvangirai, but his real enemy is the face he sees in the mirror.

Egyptian Student Activists Assaulted By Police

Nagy Kamel and Mostafa Shawqy, are engineering students at Helwan University in Cairo and mainly focus on their studies, but one day as they entered the engineering building they were met by a group of police who demanded their ID cards, searched their bags, and then handcuffed the boys and took them off to jail. In Mubarak Egypt, it is a crime to speak out forcefully against his policies and doing so in public makes one subject to being searched and handcuffed. The assault on the boys took place one day after the Resistance Students,to which they belong, held a seminar that focused on the incompetent policies of the Mubarak administration. “We are active inside the university and know that what they’re doing is an attempt to stop our activity There’s an atmosphere of fear among students in the faculty of engineering.”

Students and faculty are both aware of police policies to stifle free discussion and to harass students who openly speak their mind. The boys will most probably be charged with physically assaulting police officers during the altercation.

According to many observers, since deans are appointed and usually have a security check which ensures police authorities have a voice in who becomes a dean, there is scant chance university administrators will take the side of their students against security forces.

Fruits Of Terrorism Frighten Zimbabwe Leaders

During the past several years, Zimbabwe under the rule of the corrupt President Mugabe has witnessed large amounts of land and resources turned over to his followers in the name of ending white rule. His party, the Zanu-PF, has been responsible for terrorizing people, of murder and brutality so it is not surprising these henchmen fear a compromise agreement which would place leaders of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) in charge of the government. Members of the feared Joint Operations Command(JOC), which carried out brutal attacks on MDC members, met with President Mbeki to express their concerns. The security chiefs fear an MDC government will initiate legal proceedings against them for their illegal actions and accumulation of wealth.

The JOC wants Mugabe to maintain power so they can keep the seized ranches or escape prosecution for murder and brutality. They want guarantees against prosecution and the right to keep the money they obtained through illegal means. However, the Zanu-PF has called on its members to halt all physical violence against opposing groups.

The issue Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC may have to confront is accepting those who murdered and brutalized to be allowed freedom from prosecution. Perhaps, Zimbabwe might well copy the South African Truth and Reconciliation Committee which allows murderers to escape prosecution by publicly admitting their guilt.