Thursday, January 24, 2002

Zim redux

The Soros-funded International Crisis Group has already condemned the election before a ballot has been cast. Funnily enough they only have one mention of neighbouring Zambia:

Zambia’s President Chiluba allowed elections to proceed without him in late December 2001 after a decade in office.

This only tells a small part of the story.

The IMF are sounding warning bells and the World Food Programme are saying that Zimbabwe is on the brink.

Ruling party thugs are insisting on party cards for everyone, while the opposition accuse the war veterans of stealing IDs with a view to fraud.

Blair has also put his view forward:

The actions of Mugabe are a disgrace to his own country and also badly affect the reputation of the whole of southern Africa. However, in order for a motion to succeed at the Commonwealth to expel Zimbabwe, it is necessary to get all the countries supporting it. I can assure the hon. Gentleman that we are working urgently and energetically with all other countries to make sure that the policies of Mr. Mugabe are reversed and that proper and democratic elections are held in Zimbabwe. [Emphasis mine]

Meanwhile the Guardian publish a particularly poor defence of Mugabe. My view is the same as South Africa, yes he's bad but that doesn't affect us in the slightest.


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