The government of Zimbabwe raised doubts as to whether President Mugabe would even attend the upcoming summit meeting that was called by the Southern African Development Community(SADC) to discuss recent events surrounding the presidential electiion in Zmbabwe. Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga, said, “We didn’t call for that summit, it was called by SADC…Who invites who is not our perogative, but this summit was done without prior consultation with the government of Zimbabwe.” The SADC is attempting to get the results of the presidential election released which interferes with efforts by Mugabe to retain power and to initiate a program of retaliation against those who dared vote against him.
Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, met with President Mbeki of South Africa who has demonstrated by his inaction that he has the backbone of a chocolate eclair when it comes down to fighting for human rights in Zimbabwe. However, the most probable new president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, has been demanding that “all parties(including Mugabe) “respect the will of the people regardless of the outcome.”
Amnesty International issued a sttement about the widespread incidents of post election violence in Zimbabwe “suggesting the existence of coordinated retirbution against known and suspected opposition supporters.” It is clear President Mugabe will use his security forces in all there brutality to ensure victory if it comes down to a run-off.