Will Any Aid Aid Zimbabwe?

The crisis in Zimbabwe which was caused by the inept policies of President Robert Mugabe now confronts a new crisis. Many donor nations are hesitating at giving economic assistance to the devastated country since there is scant confidence any government would be able to administer the money in an honest manner given the corrupt behavior of Mugabe when previously he received aid. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is pleading with donor nations to ignore the prior incompetence and give his government a chance to address economic issues. Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) argues, “this is a new administration. It’s a clean pair of hands.”

Unfortunately, it remains unclear as the role that will be played by Mugabe if economic assistance enters the nation. Will he repeat is previous corrupt behavior when his government was previously supplied aid by South Africa? Does one accept the reality of corruption on the part of the Mugabe government in order to get some aid to those who need it right now?