Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Zimbabwe and the IMF

Today a team of the International Monetary Fund will hold talks in Harare with Zimbabwean officials. As much as I feel for the ordinary Zimbabwean, I do hope that Zimbabwe will be expelled from the IMF. There is no other way, in my opinion, than to isolate Mugabe and his cronies and make it difficult for them to continue to steal and rape the country. Why prolong the agony? At least people will suffer knowing that the end of the regime is approaching and that their children will have a future.

We can't expect change through Gono's stale appeals to Mugabe and other thieves "to stop the rot": they are just not credible anymore and the African Union has once again demonstrated to be a worthless and corrupt organization by rejecting on a pretext its own Human Rights Commission's report on Zimbabwe.

There are no lions left to chase away theses hyenas. Let them finish the carcass and they will start eating each other.

At least Wolfowitz seems to be on the right track:

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz says he is willing to withhold funding or halt the approval of loans for some World Bank projects if there are concerns about corruption in a country. In an interview with Reuters late on Tuesday, Wolfowitz said he had stopped several bank projects, including one in Bangladesh, and was scrutinizing two project loans to Kenya plagued by corruption. He said the bank, the globe's biggest development institution, lending about $20 billion a year to poor countries, should be more willing to review or reject projects when corruption concerns arose. "We are going from an era where nobody wanted to say no to anything, to an era when people have to be encouraged that if there are serious problems, they bring them forward, and saying no is a good thing," Wolfowitz said.

If we don't demand accountability, we can't expect it to appear spontaneously.

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