Mugabe’s busy week-end
While Mugabe enjoys his anti-imperialist week-end with another execrable loser, Fidel Castro, he has also managed to spit in the plate he is eating from by insulting the IMF, despite the unwarranted and unmerited six months reprieve granted to Zimbabwe.
In addition, he has also signed into law the (un)constitutional changes approved earlier by parliament and disappointed everyone by announcing that he will step down in three years (“tomorrow” would have been received better).
In the meantime, Morgan Tsvangirai is trying to mobilize the sluggish Zimbabwean masses:
PRESIDENT TSVANGIRAI'S MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE ON THE SIXTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MDC at a Rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo.
We meet today as a severely battered nation run by a criminal government that no one wants to be associated with. We have become the laughing stock of the world and our kith and kin are scattered across the globe in search for economic security and sustenance.
Those of us at home have been thrown back into a hunter-gatherer, subsistence society: without food, without jobs, without basic security and without our democratic rights. Regardless of our sorry status and disabling plight, let me hasten to state that we are now on the home stretch.
Does he know something we don’t?
Allow me, Mr. Chairman, to state categorically as the leader of the MDC that we can no longer counsel patience among the people.
To do so effectively, we need to fashion key strategic re-alignments as part of our preparations for the ultimate demise of Zanu PF.
We must strengthen our critical mass for democratic resistance.
Passive compliance with tyranny goes against the spirit of the founding principles of the MDC. Passive compliance compromises our focus for democratic change.
We are confident of a sweeping national victory over the dictatorship as all indications now point directly to the demise of the Mugabe regime. The regime is fast running out of time. The people look set to triumph, once again.
Zimbabweans, especially Shonas, have been patient to the point of submission, and Tsvangirai has had to resort to this waiting game, but waiting for what? Hoping for a reformed Zanu PF “after” Mugabe is just wishful thinking (someone tell Mbeki).
At this stage, unable to reach an agreement with the Army, he must have dismissed the chances of success of a “people’s revolution” as nil. Without the active participation of other African countries and neighbors, he has no other option than to appeal to international partners and world community to increase the pressure on the regime and hope for an internal collapse of Zanu PF.