The ongoing saga of Zimbabwe continues with President Robert Mugabe insisting he wants to cooperate with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, but at the same time, he arrests dozens of adherents of the MDC. Irene Petras of Human Watch, puts it clearly by saying, “we believe that the manner in which Mr. Chiramba(MDC leader) and his fellow political prisoners are being treated is a reflection of the lack of sincerity” on the part of the Zimbabwe government. How can one claim he wants a coalition government while locking up the other party? Desmond Tutu of South Africa expressed his continued doubt that Mugabe will ever change and it was most probably a waste of time.
The tragedy confronting the people of Zimbabwe reflects the tragedy of failed African leadership which allows friendship to take precedence over brutality to the people of Africa.