Rbert Mugabe lost an election six weeks ago and still refuses to accept the decision of his own people. Instead, he has unleashed the thugs of war to beat, brutalize and kill those who dared to vote for his opponent. The number of post-election deaths has now risen to at least 32 as Mugabe men continue hunting down their prey. A correspondent for SW Radio said in the rural area of Chiweshe at least 11 villagers were murdered after they resisted unspecified demands by a group of so called “war-veterans” who were running wild in the area. A “war veteran” technically speaking is one who fought in the war to liberate Zimbabwe in the 1970s, but now young men in their twenties are claiming to be “war veterans.” They are nothing more than street corner thugs and hoodlums who have been recruited by ZANU-PF, the president’s policial party, in order to oppress opponents of the government.
There are reports ZANU-PF supporters are taking away national identity cards which means the individual can not vote in an election. The Plantation Workers Union now estimates about 40,000 people have been displaced as a result of the ZANU-PF terror against the few remaining white farmers.
As terror engulfs Zimbabwe, the African Union remains silent. President Mbeki of South Africa continues to proclaim his friend, Robert Mugabe, is a patriot in the war agaist imperialism. That was thirty years ago, but what about the present? Are people today to suffer because Mugabe fought thirty years ago for their independence?