Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy new year Zimbabwe?

Mugabe's own Zanu-PF party appear to have had enough of him. It's a good job really. In 1998, the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition, were beaten in elections marred by widespread fraud, intimidation and rigging and that seemed to have knocked the stuffing out of the Movement and their supporters - the stuffing that wasn't knocked out of them by police/army/militia batons, that is. Hence, I feel the last paragraph in the article I linked to is more than a tad unfair. Subsequent elections allowed Mugabe to seize enough power to change the constitution at will and basically be an even bigger tyrant than in the preceding 28 years. Which he's done reasonably well if youlike that sort of thing.
Widespread shortages of... well, everything really, have been afflicting the populous. A quarter of the population have fled the shortages and hyper-inflation (a figure of around 1100% is widely quoted).
Having Zanu-PF continue to govern but without Mugabe at the helm must surely be preferable to the continuing with the current situation. You can but hope. If factions within Zanu-PF can oust him in 2008, Zimbabwe's future - and Africa's along with it - may not be quite as bleak as it has appeared fated to over the last ten years.

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