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Rape Of Zimbabwe Women Goes Unpunished

The International Criminal Court is being asked to take action to support those seeking justice for rape victims who were assaulted during a campaign initiated by President Robert Mugabe in 2008 against supporters of his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai. The ICC is asked to place on trial not only President Mugabe by member of his Zanu-PF youth militia who raped hundreds of women in order to punish those who refused to vote for Mugabe. It is shocking when women are raped, but it is more shocking when groups like the African Union or the Southern African Development Community allow Robert Mugabe to brutalize fellow Africans. If a white skinned leader behaved as does Mugabe, the entire continent of Africa would be up in arms, but when black skinned brutes rape and kill fellow black skinned humans, the silence of African leaders is deafening.

It is time for the ICC to indict Mugabe just as it is time for African leaders to stand up for fellow Africans, regardless of their skin color.

White Zimbabwe Farmers Sue Robert Mugabe Govt.

In the 1970s, the country now known as Zimbabwe was considered the “bread basket” of Africa and its people had a higher standard of living than most African nations. The government of Robert Mugabe unleashed a program that drove white farmers and their black workers from the land in order to give farms to cronies and associates of President Mugabe. A tribunal of the Southern African Development Community(SADC) ruled the seizures were in violation of international law and farmers should be compensated or allowed to return to their farms. Mugabe has refused to acknowledge the right of a SADC court to rule on what happens in his nation.

Three white farmers are seeking the support of South African courts to sue for return of their land and it appears they will be successful in securing that right. The issue is not whether whites should have been forced to surrender their land to black Africans. The issue was the need for an orderly process which ensured competent black farmers were given the farms, owners were compensated, and the Mugabe program of giving land to his buddies never implemented. The Mugabe program ruined farms because instead of having them farmed by successful black farmers, they were run by a group of incompetent men and women who wanted money, not good farming.

French Journalist Beaten In South Africa

French journalist Sophie Bouillon claims she was pepper sprayed by South African police and together with her boyfriend from Zimbabwe put in jail. The story has received a huge play in French newspapers which are still recounting a different story from British actress Victoria Smurfit, who described coming within inches of death while in a taxi cab which was hit by gunfire. According to the actress the shooting was part of a gang activity in Cape Town termed, “Kill-a-Tourist-Day” by gangs which supposedly engage in this gun free play as either a joke or part of some initiation ceremony. MS. Bouillon is a winner of the French equivalent of the American Pulitzer Prize. According to her version the police disliked that a white girl was dating a black man.

The couple were pulled over and told by police they lacked a special registration number required of foreign drivers. When her boyfriend expressed lack of knowledge concerning the law, the policeman responded with, “So, you Zimbabwean, you think you know South African law better than me?” This suggests the presence of considerable anger toward the over one million people from Zimbabwe who have fled to South Africa to escape the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe.

Brutal Legacy Of Robert Mugabe Never Ends!

Robert Mugabe was a fighter in the struggle to end colonialism in Zimbabwe and for those years he will be remembered as an individual who stood up for the rights of his fellow Zimbabweans. But, his legacy since assuming the presidency of the nation can never be fogotten, it is a horror story of disdain for human rights, oppression of those who dare challenge his authority and brutalization of many innocent men, women and children. Last year after losing a race for the presidency he simply voided the election and held a new one during which his ZANU-PF party unleashed thousands of men to attack the oppositioin and brutalize their women.

A report issued by AIDS Free World documents how hundreds of women who were classified as opposing Mugabe were captured, brought to secret camps and then subjected to non-stop rape and beatings. Many mothers even had to watch their own daughters be raped by Mugabe followers who believed by this form of brutality, the opposition would collapse.

The sad part of this story is failure on the part of South African leaders to step in and defend the people of Zimbabwe as well as failure on the part of other African leaders to stand up for freedom. They are ready to condemn colonialism, but remain silent about Africans being brutal to other Africans.

Mugabe Blames Everything On “Them,” Not “Us”

It goes without question that every two bit petty dictator must invariably blame outside forces for his own mistakes and ineptitude. President Robert Mugabe inherited leadership of the rich nation of Zimbabwe which was once considered the bread basket of Africa and by the time he has finished with this once prosperous nation it has fallen to among the poorest in the entire world. Of course, according to the “great leader” having an inflation rate of two million percent or transforming a healthy economy into one in which 80% of the work force lacks jobs has nothing to do with his actions– just say the magic word, “colonialism.” Once again he ranted on about the hidden dark forces of imperialism as the cause of his nation’s economic collapse. Mugabe blamed “hostile intervention” which “has had a negative impact on our farmers, who, according to our neo-colonialist enemies, must fail so as to damn the land reform we have undertaken.”

His so called, “land reform” consisted of taking productive land and transferring it into the hands of cronies and incompetents who wanted the land, and had no desire to farm. The president ignores colonialists had nothing to do with his stealing a presidential election or killing and brutalizing thousands of innocents people in Zimbabwe. Mr. Mugabe, look not to the stars but to yourself as the cause of the Zimbabwe disaster.

Mugabe’s Zimbabwe Continues Torture As Weapon!

Zimbabwe is a nation ruled by a ruthless man whose only desire is power for himself and the group of thugs who surround their leader, Robert Mugabe. For some unknown reason, Mugabe finally allowed the UN Special Rapporteur to visit his nation in order to investigate charges that torture has been used against the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) whose leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, is attempting to help restore a semblance of economic health to the society. The UN official, Manfred Kowak was in South Africa and preparing to board a plane to Harare on Wednesday when he was informed no one was coming to check on torture in Zimbabwe, order of his Excellency, Robert Mugabe.

Once again, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) uttered words of concern at the political mess in Zimbabwe, will undoubtedly dispatch an envoy to “discuss” the situation, the envoy will return home, and the mess will continue. Until the SADC is prepared to use its economic and political power, Zimbabwe will be governed by the Mugabe clique.

Zimbabwe Loses Chance For Stable Government

The people of Zimbabwe are blessed with a nation containing vast amounts of natural resources and for decades under colonial rule, it was regarded as the bread basket of Africa with among the best school systems and highest standards of living. Rebel leader Robert Mugabe assumed leadership once colonialism ended. Instead of working for a gradual transfer of land to deserving farmers, he wrecked the economy by seizing land of white farmers and giving it to his fellow thugs and thieves. The result was an inflation rate of over two million percent and unemployment that is about 80%. After opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won a presidential election, Mugabe manipulated the vote to claim victory.

During the past several months a coalition government was created due to the influence of the Southern African Development Community under which Tsvangirai would be prime minister. Tsvangirai has worked steadily to improve the economy, get children and teachers back to school and begin the process of creating jobs. Each step along the way, his followers have been beaten, brutalized, imprisoned and even killed by Mugabe’s police and army. Finally, Tsvangirai gave up when a key figure in his political party was arrested on the spurious charge of terrorism.

Mugabe refuses to adhere to the coalition agreement. It is now up to South Africa and other African leaders to compel his cooperation. That is doubtful. The tragedy of Zimbabwe continues.

Enough Is Enough Say Zimbabwe People

Morgan Tsvangirai is the one who deserved the Nobel Peace prize this year for his continued efforts to work with the meglomaniac President Robert Mugabe in the quest to restore Zimbabwe to some semblance of peace and prosperity. Ostensibly, there is a coalition government, but Tsvangirai works to establish an economy that offers food and stability to his people while Mugabe uses his control of the army and police to arrest, brutalize and kill supporters of Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change. Tsvangirai finally lost his patience when Roy Bennett, a senior leader of the MDC, was charged with attempting to overthrow the government.

As Tsvangirai noted: “it is our right to disengage from a dishonest and unreliable partner.” There is scant hope the people of Zimbabwe can attain the prosperity that once characterized their nation as long as Mugabe and his fellow thugs are part of the government. It is time for South Africa to use its power and compel Mugabe to behave as a decent human and abide by the coalition agreement.

Can Anyone Believe Anything Said By Robert Mugabe?

Once upon a time in a country in East Africa there lived people who had developed their economy, had an excellent system of farming which provided employment and food for those living in the nation. Ah, that was a long time ago in an era before the “Great Leader,” Robert Mugabe, became head of the nation. Yes, there were legitimate grievances because white colonists had seized land from Africans and a process of restoring land to the people of Zimbabwe was needed. There was the possibility of white Europeans working in a cooperative manner to ensure redistribution of land in an equitable manner that ensured continuance of farms.

But, along came Robert Mugabe, with the rhetoric of division and hate. More importantly, he was not interested in creating a system which would restore to Africans their land, he was only concerned about rewarding his lackeys and fellow thugs. He destroyed the economy, plunged a nation which once was the bread basket of Africa into poverty and destroyed an excellent school system.

The Great Leader now talks about establishing “fresh, friendly and cooperative relations” with “those nations that have been hostile to us in the past.” Even as the words leave his lips, his thugs are beating up, not Europeans, but Zimbabweans who voted for the Movement for Democratic Change. Step one is reconciliation with the people of Zimbabwe, once that is accomplished, it will be easy to work in a cooperative manner with nations like the UK.

Zimbabwe Courts Stand Tall For Freedom

President Mugabe of Zimbabwe continually claims that “Western Powers” are behind attempts to interfere with his ability to rule the nation. He did agree to a compromise national coalition government several months ago, but his government has constantly denied Prime Minister Tsvangirai of the right to govern. The men appointed by Mugabe to the Zimbabwe Supreme Court ruled that his government of thugs and brutes could not prosecute Jestine Makoko for “terrorism” because they first kidnapped the human rights activist and then brutally tortured her. Even Mugabe’s men understand that confession’s extracted under torture are not valid in any normal court of law.

Mugabe continues to hamper efforts to reform the government and restore the semblance of economic health to a nation that prior to his rule was the leading agricultural center of Africa. It is time for nations like South Africa to denounce this two bit thug and refuse him any aid until democracy is restored to the country.