Comments on: Crunch time for Zimbabwe Beyond the World news headlines Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:09:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: dave Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:52:18 +0000 The first thing I would say is that this deal will never work. It is nothing more that another half hearted attempt by SADC to resolve a crisis which they are to a large extent to blame. Abductions, beatings, total disregard for the rule of law, economic decisions based political expediency are the order of the day in Zimbabwe and will remain so. I cannot see a meeting of the minds between the MDC and Zanu. Mugabe quite frankly is clincally insane and his interest lies only in trying to salvage something of his image for the sake of posterity. Something along the lines of “hundreds of thousands of people died, the country is economically ruined and politically isolated….but I, with my 7 degrees, was right”. Even if he is right about all those fantastical claims floating around that paranoid mind, I don’t think even the sheepish and die hard zanu pf loyalists could argue that it would be nothing more than a pyrric victory for him. A case of ego massaging above the welfare of his people. Well done and congratulations on a hollow victory!

I think everyone agrees that Zimababwe is now a failed state. Unfortunately the next few months will involved more of the same old political wrangling and banana republic policies as opposed to tackling the mountain of problems the country is facing. The power sharing “government” will collapse, elections will be called which I can guarantee Mugabe will not lose again.

So where does that leave Zimbabwe? The answer goes back to the root problem here of who is to blame for this mess. To my mind the people of Zimbabwe, however brutalised by this regieme, need to stand up and be counted. They have let this little man with dubious credientals, morph into the monster that he is today. As citizens of Zimbabwe it was, and indeed remains your duty to take back your country for your own sake and the sake of your children. Mugabe is not Zimbabwean he is the Anti-Zimbabwean. The West will not help you and African countries/regional groupings are impotent in the matter. I would however give a word of caution here. The now accepted African policy of undermining the democratic will of the people by advocating the formation of power sharing governments can only result in the clubbing together of despotic leaders propping each other up. Democracy is dying in Africa. Act fast before its too late.

By: Michael Clements Fri, 30 Jan 2009 11:45:08 +0000 The atricle about South Africa helping to rebuild Zimbabwe touches the core of the real dilemma in Southern Africa. Let’s all now acknowledge that these should never have been two separate countries in the first place, and the fact that they are goes back to the British in their typically underway way swindling Lobengula our of his land because of their own commercial greed.

Let’s merge the two countries, under one government, exactly like two companies merge in the real world. Let’s ask the Zimbabwean people if they would like to be part of South Africa, and go from there.

Africa disection at the hands of a bunch of European megalomaniacs in 1888 into 47 sub-Sahara countries was all done for the wrong reasons and has left us with too many small countries with tin pot governments at huge expense and little value. What we need in Africa is fewer bigger countries where there is less chance of thugs like Mugabe ever coming to power in the first place – a situation, by the way, that again was engineered by the British.

By: taderera Thu, 29 Jan 2009 10:34:47 +0000 no ways mugabe should not form a government as he did not WIN…the March 2008 elections as we are all bassed on on those DEMOCRACY HEED….!!!

By: TheTruthIs... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 07:26:20 +0000 It is astonishing, depressing, bizarre, grotesque and appalling that Mugabe is still terrorising his own country simply by still clinging vainly to power.

Having lost all powers of logical reasoning or even the facility to be influenced by his own conscience, Mugabe straddles Zimbabwe without a care in the world for all the ills and evil he has inflicted on his own people.

The poges of history, Mr Mugabe, have already been written down and on those pages honest, objective people who have testified to the horrors and terrors of you morally bankrupt reign of chaos and mendacity.

The good people of the world pray that you will do a St Paul’s road to Damascus conversion, and finally see the folly and abject error of your dark and power-grabbing ways.

People have a right to be safe, fed and happy again. The deserve better than what Mugabe has given them!

But Mr Mugabe is deaf?

By: buffalojump Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:55:44 +0000 It isn’t crunch time now any more than last year , the year before etc.

Mugabe and his supporters will always be in power, so accept it. Many people like Vincent accept this as a way of life.

The west should stay out, economic sanctions should be welcomed by Vincent and his supporters because apparently they are western and he hates everything western so this should be positive to him.

Regarding only Africans being the only ones who should comment on African issues is very narrow.

I’m indiginous to NA so should only indiginous NA be allowed to comment and govern NA. If so, what happens to the US President and all the Africans who have lived there for decades or more?

To think we should be isolated and not welcome a society which welcomes and works with people from different countries and backgrounds would be devastating.

By: Vincent Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:25:46 +0000 Congratulations Stella. This is a far more balanced article than the propaganda that other bloggers constantly posted here. That was why I recently said that Africans should be writing the African blog and not non-Africans with an agenda in Zimbabwe.

It is obvious that both parties have to compromise before a unity government can be formed. The MDC should accept the recommendations of the SADC if it is an independent political party. However, I am afraid that the decsion will be made by the MDC’s Western financiers and not Tsvangirai. That would be a tragedy for Zimbabwe.

Another important consideration is that the unity government will be useless if Tsvangirai cannot persuae its Western allies to lift the economic sanctions that are devastating the country.

By: Philippe Mandangi Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:04:52 +0000 It does not surprise anyone that Mr. Mugabe is rewarded time and time again for being the obstacle to peace and stability. Sharing a ministerial portfolio means more trouble as controlling and managing it will bring confrontation than sound management.
Where on earth an interior ministry is divided in two and who the head of the police will be prone to listen to if it is not his true creator.
As the opposition is now prepared to work in this muddy water, it should be prepared to surprises and God knows what will happen to its members in the days to come. Morgan should be careful in this trap as his own life is at steak. Ultimately I can only wish them good luck and look forward to the reconstruction and recovery of Zimbabwe for the welfare of its people.

By: William Wed, 28 Jan 2009 10:29:06 +0000 I think Limnothrissa has made a good very good observation.
Once politicians begin in the negotiation process, they seeingly become oblivious to the situation outside of the conference centre.

Every black suit is operating in their own self-interest while very little care is being given to those below them.

Quiet diplomacy has dragged on for the past decade with nothing to show for it but a palimpsest of unity which has since been reneged upon. If this latest round of squabbling proves futile, perhaps something more drastic is needed~

By: VaShamu Tue, 27 Jan 2009 23:31:33 +0000 Sadc leaders are a group of gangasters who a proping up an illegal regime under the firm control of a despot.
Tsvangirai should pull out of these talks and let Mugabe go ahead and form a “government”on his own.The Mugabe regime will collapse as Zimbabweans take matters into their own hands and fight for survival.The MDC risks being “tainted” with the broad brush of curruption and failure that has been the hallmark of Mugabes and Zanu(PF) 29 years in power if they proceed with this ill conceived GNU.Tsvangirai should also STOP giving Mutambara any attention!..he is a little Mugabe.

By: Pay Tue, 27 Jan 2009 22:37:52 +0000 The ambivalent attitude of Tsvangirai clearly shows that he is a puppet of the West. In other words, Tsvangirai is running for the interest of the West and for this he does not care about Zimbabwean people. Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular do not need no more this kind of leader: instrument of the West. It is important to mention that the age of the African Fighter President Mugabe does not cause problem. Africa is proud of the President Mugabe who fights always for Zimbabwean interest and African freedom. Tsvangirai is only thirsty for pouvoir. For what?