Time is Running Out for Mugabe.
Posted by Exile on March 29, 2007
It has taken Mr. Robert Mugabe 27 years to ruin Zimbabwe. After the country was officially made independent in 1980 it has had no other leader. All efforts to organize an opposition have been crushed and the ZANU PF under Mugabe has no immediate plans to let it be formed now.
The country has gone from powerhouse to derelict in those years. From a land that produced an excess of food to a third world banana republic. It’s independence lost to foreign aid. Mugabe has lost it.
The African states surrounding Mugabe’s ruined Zimbabwe have finally had enough of this state of affairs. A summit of 14 southern African countries is being held in Tanzania, with the crisis in Zimbabwe at the top of its agenda. Diplomats say leaders will tell Robert Mugabe that he should not stand for re-election in Zimbabwe next year.
Until now, the African states have continued a policy of non-interference. That means allowing countries to develop at their own pace under their own cogniscance. They call it “Silent Diplomacy”. Not interfering is a good thing, but there comes a point when the overspill of civil unrest and constant upheaval begins to affect ones neighbours. That time has apparently come for Mugabe. There is no doubt that the agricultural demise of Zimbabwe has affected its neighbours that once imported food from Zimbabwe. That no longer takes place and the lack of income has pushed Zimbabwes inflation to over 1700%. Civil war may even be looming in the wings.
The people of Zimbabwe deserve better.
If the countries around them begin to involve themselves now, they might even get it.
I have found a “must read” blog for those interested in what is moving and shaking in Zimbabwe.
Follow this link to the Zimbabwean Pundit. Please, go and read him.