African Community Pushes For Zimbabwe Peace

The South Africa Development Community (SADC) which has been pushing for President Mugabe and his rival Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change(MDC) to cooperate made clear both parties had to be more willing to display conciliation. A SDAC summit to “discuss the Zimbabwean crisis in light of the talks” was convened to make it clear to President Mugabe, in particular, he must be ready to give the MDC a greater voice in governing Zimbabwe. The will of the people of Zimbabwe was expressed in March, 2008 elections when Morgan Tsvbangirai won a majority of votes cast, but it is unlikely what the people desire will ever come to fruition due to the intransigent behavior of Mugabe and his ruthless henchmen who fear abandoning power.

Morgan Tsvangirai said he was “fairly satisfied” with the talks, but even as he spoke, the Zimbabwean Lawyers for Human Rights issued demands for Mugabe’s so-called “war veterans” to cease their intimidation and harassment campaign against followers of the MDC. There continue to be examples of the “war veterans”(few of whom ever fought in the struggle against Great Britain for independence) are continuing their policy of brutal attacks on anyone who opposes the Mugabe regime.