Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Zimbabwe falling apart

Mugabe might be gloating over the MDC split and infighting but even Zanu PF is heading for collapse.

The only moderately sane voice of the party in power, Gideon Gono, head of Zimbabwe Reserve Bank, is screaming his head off against land invasions and corruption and smuggling in the mining sector, Mugabe’s own nephew is trying to make another buck before the end by smuggling flour to Mozambique, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called him an “outrage.

The biggest mistake Tsvangirai made was to participate in last April elections. He had only two options: mobilize the masses for an “orange” revolution, after finding some kind of agreement with the Army, or delegitimize the regime by not participating in the elections which, he must have known, were never supposed to be free and fair.

He chose neither and it’s two late now. So late in fact, that MDC members are squabbling over seats in the Senate to be elected next month: a new trick by Mugabe to keep more of his cronies happy and sow disunity in the opposition.

The only hope, in Zimbabwe current barren political scene, is for Mugabe to hang himself (figuratively) through his mad policies; fortunately he seems to be well advanced along this road.

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