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.