Will Zimbabwe deal ever work?
It’s a familiar pattern.
Mugabe imposes his will and MorganTsvangirai’s opposition cries foul.
Will former South African President Thabo Mbeki be able to mediate a breakthrough? After being ousted as president by his ANC party, he might not be so confident to be seen walking hand in hand with Mugabe at the airport as he has in the past.
As every twist and turn in the talks is analysed, the word endangered is increasingly used. Endangered talks.
But what about ordinary Zimbabweans? They seem more endangered every time the formation of a cabinet is delayed by accusations flying from one side to another.
Will inflational jump to astronomical levels again? Yes. Will food shortages worsen, probably. Will Zimbabweans see their country on its feet again? It is not likely to be soon.
The words of Western leaders have long been ineffective and in any case, they have their own financial collapse to worry about right now. African countries appear no more inclined to take action than before.
In the meantime, it seems Mugabe is directing the show again.
How long can this go on?