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.