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Zimbabwe: “Prepare To Be A War Correspondent”

May 8, 2008

The sentence jumped off the newspaper page at me today.  “Prepare To Be A War Correspondent.”

It was a brutal reminder that the situation in Zimbabwe is a tinderbox following the elections where President Robert Mugabe was defeated.  His attempts, however,  to hold onto power, and even drag the nation into chaos and bloodshed is not a shocker for anyone who has followed his chaotic and wretched time as leader.

The party of Mugabe is threatening the nation into supporting him in a runoff election.  Many however do not see as necessary another election, given the fraud that took place a month ago when voters cast their ballots to end the monstrous regime of Mugabe.

If voters fail to return Mr. Mugabe to office, the Politburo member told a Zimbabwean journalist working with The New York Times, “Prepare to be a war correspondent.”

The political impasse seems likely to persist for months. ZANU-PF and the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, have challenged the election results in more than 50 parliamentary districts, the state-owned newspaper, The Herald, reported Wednesday. Those challenges, which are supposed to be resolved in six months, could overturn the opposition’s newly won control of the lower house of Parliament.

The ruling party, the military and their irregular forces — youth militias and veterans of the liberation struggle against white rule — have for weeks been threatening, arresting and beating those they see as threats, including journalists, election monitors and even people who had simply voted for the opposition.

But the widening net of intimidation now appears to be taking a toll on children too, further fraying a society enduring a precipitous economic collapse.

Services that would normally help tens of thousands of orphans each month — including health care, clean water, sports and social clubs — are now being restricted because of the political violence in large areas of the country.

“Zimbabwe’s children are already suffering on multiple fronts,” said James Elder, a spokesman for Unicef. “To see their situation further deteriorate through violence or intimidation that prevents people reaching them is unacceptable.”

Other aid workers say they have been warned by government officials to suspend their operations, lest they be seen as meddling in the nation’s affairs. Teachers, who served as nonpartisan supervisors at polling stations, have been systematically singled out, with 496 questioned by the police, 133 assaulted by thugs and 123 charged with election fraud, according to the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe. Teachers who worked for the opposition also said they had been attacked.

An unsigned editorial in Saturday’s issue of The Herald singled out teachers as part of an elaborate British- and American-financed plot to rig the election and get rid of Mr. Mugabe.

The editorial described the teachers as having been trained in South Africa and by the National Democratic Institute, a nonprofit group based in Washington whose chairman is Madeleine K. Albright, the former American secretary of state. It said the teachers were fleeing “to avoid the long arm of the law.”

 

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One Comment
  1. sonny okusa permalink
    May 9, 2008 6:12 AM

    ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE AND HIS RUNNING DOGS MUST ACCEPT DEFEAT AND THEY MUST PACK THEIR BAGS AND RETIRE TO THEIR VILLAGES , ZVIMBA.WHAT IS IT THAT HE HAS NOT DONE IN THESE 28 YEARS , THAT HE STILL WANT TO DO ? THE DICTATOR IS POWER HUNGRY AND THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BRITISH AND THE AMERICANS. MY HEART BLEEDS TO SEE THIS VAMPIRE AND ITS RUNNING DOGS KILLING AND TORTURING MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS , YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE. GOD WILL JUDGE THEM HARSHLY.TO HELL WITH THE BLOOD SUCKING VAMPIRE AND HIS CHINESE WAR MONGERS.TO HELL WITH ALL HIS SYMPATHISERS IF THERE ARE ANY.ZIMBABWE SHALL BE FREE.WE WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR A REAL FREE ZIMBABWE , REAL DEMOCRACY.THABO MBEKI REMEMBER YOUR HANDS DRIPPING WITH BLOOD OF INNOCENT ZIMBABWEANS, ZIMBABWEANS WHOSE ONLY CRIME IS TO ASK FOR FOOD ON THEIR TABLES.PLEASE STOP INSULTING OUR INTELLIGENCE , WE ARE NOT PUPPETS OF ANYONE.ZIMBABWE WILL NEVER BE A ZANU [PF] COLONY AGAIN.

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