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What Did South African Generals Say About Zimbabwe?

The flow of refugees from Zimbabwe into South Africa continues creating enormous problems for a country which already has a large base of unemployed workers. One could think it advisable for the government of South Africa to assist efforts at restoring peace and sanity to the nation of Zimbabwe, but President Zuma thinks differently. NGOs are requesting that he release a report written by South African generals who were sent to Zimbabwe by former President Mbeki to investigate the situation. It is believed they were highly critical of the performance of President Mugabe, an old buddy of Mbeki. President Zuma insists the generals never sent a report to Mbeki.

There is something rather amiss in the state of South Africa if one is to believe six generals were sent to another nation to investigate violence and they never submitted a written evaluation as to what was seen. As one NGO noted: “to suggest that this amount of money could be spent and the admitted investigation conducted merely for a once-off oral briefing to be made to the president–beggars belief!”

What was reported and what were their recommendations? The people of South Africa are entitled to know–so are the oppressed people of Zimbabwe.

South African Inaction= Zimbabwean Action!

It is estimated there currently are at least three million refugees from Zimbabwe in the nation of South Africa. The prior leader of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, allowed his personal feeling of friendship for President Robert Mugabe to ignore the chaos in Zimbabwe which resulted from corruption, brutality, and anti-white farmer policies to cause a collapse of the economy. The result was a mass exist of millions from their land in search of food and shelter for themselves and their children. The Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) estimates at least two thousand Zimbabwean refugees continue crossing over into South Africa each month. Refugees automatically receive a permit which allows them to remain in South Africa for six months and their children can obtain schooling. They have the right to work and obtain health care. None of these is available in Zimbabwe where the unemployment rate is 94%.

President Zuma must make clear to President Mugabe that freedom must be restored to Zimbabwe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai allowed to organize a cohesive government free from the oppressive forces of the police and army. There must be an end to seizure of farms for a few years in order to restore some semblance of economic stability. If not, South Africa will be shouldering an enormous burden.

Zimbabwe Continues Failing And Failing

The attempt to create a coalition government in Zimbabwe between dictator Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change simply is not working. As Prime Minister Tsvangirai recently noted: “we have not succeeded in restored the rule of law.. our people do not live free from fear, hunger or poverty.” His efforts to lean over backward in order to accommodate the whims of Mugabe have not been able to restore an economy that can function. Mugabe began the current fiasco by seizing land of white farmers and turning them over to his fellow thugs and buddies. The result was the collapse of the Zimbabwe economy that has left 94% of people without jobs and continued existence dependent on outside aid.

South Africa is the only hope of the people of Zimbabwe. President Zuma must insist on reform on the part of Mugabe and make clear the old days of looting Zimbabwe are over. Mugabe continues seizing productive farm land resulting what Tsvangirai terms “productive land lies fallow and people hungry.”

Zimbabwe Madness Is Catching

For years after the people of Zimbabwe ended colonial rule, they enjoyed a prosperous society in which over 90% of children attended school and its universities were among the best in Africa. Unfortunately, President Robert Mugabe decided to end the last vestiges of colonialism by seizing the land of white farmers, over 5,000 of whom had remained in Zimbabwe and were seeking to create new relations with Africans. Each of the farms employed over a hundred local Africans and enabled the nation to feed itself and earn income from exports. But, Mugabe wanted the land in order to reward his henchmen and cronies, few of whom had any interest in farming, but a great deal of interest in enriching themselves. This week, Ian Campbell-Morrison, whose land was taken away and given to an official, was evicted from his home and he was fined “for illegally occupying state land” even though he lives in a cottage and his wife tends to a garden.

Morgan Tsvangirai promised to end the lawlessness which has destroyed the nation’s farm production and led to a 94% unemployment rate. Suddenly, he has begun to talk like Mugabe by referring to these farm seizures as having “been blown out of proportion.”

Zimbabwe had every right to develop an orderly legal process of purchasing land of white farmers in a gradual manner to ensure the land was properly farmed by local people. But, to take land in order to reward thugs is hardly the way to gain international recognition.

Doesn’t Tsvangirai grasp that other nations will not invest their money in a country which seizes the land of people and gives it to government officials? Who in their right mind would invest a single penny in a Zimbabwe which is ruled by the gun, not the law? Wake up Tsvangirai and act like the leader your nation needs!

Disaster Looms In Zimbabwe

The constant slow descent into disaster continues in Zimbabwe with infection rates for cholera at the 100,000 mark along with at least 4,200 deaths. The sanitation system has collapsed and hunger stalks the land. It is estimated over 50% of children who have died have been classified as under nourished since food is difficult to find in a society run by a meglomaniac whose only thought is furthering the interests of his friends even if it comes at a cost of hunger and starvation to the people. The 2008 harvest was the worst in history and this year it is even expected to be even more dismal. South African president Jacob Zuma is expected to take a more activist policy against President Mugabe than his predecessor, who allowed friendship to get in the way of saving the people of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is a failed nation. The unemployment rate is about 94% and the education system which once was the pride of Africa has simply collapsed. The solution is clear– Mugabe must go and Morgan Tsvangirai given power to take the steps necessary to restore sanity to the country.

Robert Mugabe: “Apres Moi, Le Deluge!!”

The evidence mounts that President Robert Mugabe inhabits a world of delusion in which he gives orders and nations of the world jump to obey them just as his lackeys and followers do his biding. The man has lost any contact with reality and refused to make necessary changes that would enable his country to have a chance to regain economic and social stability. Mubgabe entered into a political power-sharing agreement with Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in order to show the world there was a commitment to social justice in Zimbabwe. Instead, Mugabe continues arresting and harassing journalists and members of opposition parties in order to demonstrate he is still in charge.

The latest episode was arresting prominent human rights activist Alec Muchadehama who was in the process of arranging for the release of human rights activists only to be arrested himself. Naturally, a judge threw out the arrest. What would it take for Mugabe to finally understand there will be no $8 billion in aid from foreign donors if he continues this mad policy of arresting people who disagree with him? How can the people of tortured Zimbabwe be protected against the mad man who rules them?

Zimbabwe And Rule Of Law

The future of Zimbabwe unfortunately is linked to the future of its thuggish ruler, Robert Mugabe. Nations of the world do not believe it wise to invest in Zimbabwe unless there is a semblance of law and order. As long as Mugabe holds the position of president it is virtually impossible to establish a government that respects individual rights and is willing to take steps that would ensure return to economic stability. Morgan Tsvangirai, who holds the position of prime minister in a government in which Mugabe attempts to thwart his efforts to restore the economy knows he needs to keep Mugabe around until he dies or simply vanishes into the oblivion of history.

Tsvangirai told reporters, “this residual resistance represents an unwillingness to accept the fact that the new political dispensation is not only irreversible, but also offers the country the only viable way forward.” The question remains– how to get Mubabe off to the side or into retirement so the future can proceed?

Tragedy Of Zimbabwe Not Changed

There were hopes three months ago–not high ones, but hopes–when a power-sharing a government was formed between opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugage that the president would make some attempt to cease his incompetent rule and allow those with technical knowledge to attempt fixing a broken system. The nation remains mired in poverty, nearly 90% are unemployed and most civil servants such as teachers are not getting paid very much. On Monday, two journalists were arrested for printing the wrong thing and farmers complain that Mugabe thugs continue to disrupt needed farm production. Although a few hundred million dollars have been provided the government, most investors will not place money in a society run by thugs who are ready to seize control of any outside business on grounds they are still fighting the evils of colonialism.

There is only one solution–Mugabe must go, the police and army must be placed under new leadership and those with technical knowledge must be placed in charge of the government in an attempt to restore the confidence of business people and bring some semblance of organization to a broken system.

Hail Jenni Williams- A Fighter For Zimbabwe!!

Jenni Williams over the past few years has been in the forefront of those fighting for human rights against the brutal leadership of President Robert Mugabe. In October, 2008, she was arrested for taking part in a peaceful protest which endeavored to obtain more food for the millions of people who were starving. She was placed in jail for and brutalized and tortured. Since 2003, Ms. Williams has been organizing Zimbabwe women to fight for their economic, social and political rights in a society which they are marginalised by men who run the government and society. She has been arrested 33 times since beginning the fight for women’s rights in Zimbabwe.

Once she was abducted and driven into the darkness where police threatened to kill her and then leave her body in an unknown grave but she wound up in a jail where a sympathetic policeman came to her aid. During her recent imprisonment she had to sit in the burning sun for hours until her entire body became sunburned. A colleague came and said that Barack Obama had won the election. “YES,” that news “made the pain not so bad.”

As an activist she has been forced to send her children to the United Kingdom for safe keeping and remains in Zimbabwe fighting for human rights.

Horror Of Zimbabwe Revealed

The horror that Robert Mugabe has created in Zimbabwe has never been fully revealed to the world although those who suffer in its prisons know only too well what occurs behind prison doors. A documentary that will be filmed on South African television is based on secret filming done by officials and prisoners reveals emaciated inmates and it is estimated about 20 prisoners die daily in the nation’s 55 prisons. The SABC documentary entitled “Hell Hole” shows prisoners who are literally starved to death or succumb to illness that are rampant in the prisons. Many inside rely on food from relatives but with an unemployment rate of 80% and food running out, it is difficult to assist those behind bars.

If not for assistance from Western agencies even more would die in the prisons of Zimbabwe. In the tightly controlled world of Robert Mugabe critics remain silent and fear telling the truth to a man who believes he alone knows it. In the meantime, the innocent di in the prisons of Zimbabwe.