After months of conducting a brutal campaign against Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe, President Mugabe agreed to work with his rival in order to create the semblance of order in the nation that has been torn to pieces by refusal on the part of Mugabe to surrender his office. President Mbeki of South Africa, finally awoke from his slumber of ignoring brutality, and persuaded Mugabe to reach out to his rival and agree to work in a cooperative manner. “We sit here in order for us to chart a new way,” said Mugabe, ” a new way of political interaction. We must now act as Zimbabweans, think as Zimbabweans, and act as Zimbabweans.” Despite misgivings about the thuggish manner in which Mugabe has behaved, Morgan Tsvangirai pledged his cooperation. Both agreed on the need to amend the Constitution and most probably adopt the compromise Kenya developed last year– a president and a prime minister who share power.
Although both men are now promising to cooperate, the nation is in a shambles as a result of Mugabe’s economic policies which destroyed farming in the nation. Inflation is now at 2.2 million percent and over two million people have fled the country. Tsvangirai must become the prime minister and be given power to restore the farm economy. In doing that, it would force Mugabe’s friends and loyalists to give up the land they legally stole.