Zimbabwe: talks and medals

Robert Mugabe has presented a medal to the head of the Zimbabwe Election Commission which oversaw the presidential elections. There have been ongoing negotiations mediated by South African President Thabo Mbeki trying to produce a power sharing government involving both Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

The agreement being discussed would apparently see Mr Mugabe remain president with Mr Tsvangirai, becoming prime minister. Whether or not a settlement will be achieved is, however, highly unclear.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Shame he didn’t live in our wee country – he’d be odds-on for a much prized slugger award! 😉

  • cynic

    He deserves one for invention. Perhaps NuLabour will get him in to advise on the next UK General Election – its their best chance

  • Greenflag

    Now here’s a MEDAL that’s been well and truly earned .

    BEIJING — Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe has set a world record in the 100-meter backstroke semifinals at the Beijing Olympics. Coventry touched in 58.77 seconds Monday morning, breaking the mark of 58.97 set by American Natalie Coughlin at last month’s U.S. trials.

    And then went on to win the Gold .

  • cynic

    Thats inflation for you

  • darrmont

    The debacle which is Zimbabwe is a very sad one and if it were not so, this story would be funny. People are both black and white have suffered and died by murder and starvation at the hands of Mugabe (I was about to liken him to an animal associated with bacon but that would have been an insult to the animal concerned).

    I just wonder however how many “dogooders” who now bemoan the lack of democracy would have been supporters of the so called “pro democracy campaign” 30 yrs ago, which put Mugabe in a position to do what he has done.

    If the western liberals (including the Thatcher foreign office and US president Jimmy carter) had shown the courage to support the gradualist approach of Ian Smith’s government this lovely country could have been an African tiger economy today and there would have been no hungry people within its borders

  • Greenflag

    darrmont ,

    just wonder however how many “dogooders” who now bemoan the lack of democracy would have been supporters of the so called “pro democracy campaign” 30 yrs ago, which put Mugabe in a position to do what he has done. ‘

    Wrong . The reason Mugabe got into power was because the Rhodesian Government decided that they would not do business with moderate African politicians in the 60’s and 70’s . And thus they ended up dealing with Mugabe and Nkomo in 1980 .

    As is frequently the case in many colonial struggles by the time the powers that were decided to ‘surrender ‘ to the new order they had had destroyed the moderates . For a parallel think SDLP and SF in NI . What Unionist today would prefer to be sharing power with the SDLP than SF ?

    ‘If the western liberals (including the Thatcher foreign office and US president Jimmy carter) had shown the courage to support the gradualist approach of Ian Smith’s government this lovely country could have been an African tiger economy today and there would have been no hungry people within its borders ‘

    Wrong again . In the final analysis it was’nt the western liberals who pulled the plug on the Rhodesian regime . The truth is that the large corporations of the western countries especially from the UK and USA found ways to circumvent the so called ‘sanctions ‘

    The people who finally pulled the plug on Rhoodesia were their neighbours to the South the Republic of South Africa who cut off petrol(gas ) supplies and electricity. And I would not refer to the South African regime of the time as ‘liberal ‘ quite the contrary . And why did they . Now that’s a long story and I don’t have time to give you the gorey details but the ‘interests’ of the South African ruling elite were at risk .

    Read up on how neighbouring Botswana and Zambia got their ‘independence ‘ and compare with how Zimbabwe won it’s freedom . As we should know from our own history here -blood begets blood and once the guns go off anything can happen and usually does . Ask any Georgian or South Ossettian today if you have any doubts .

  • darrmont

    “The reason Mugabe got into power” Mugabe got into power be he was the choice of the communist controlled OAU to which the western liberals bowed the knee at every turn in Africa. Rhodesia was not a colony it was a protectorate and was by far the most progressive of the african countries in terms of services provided to all of the people.

    There always was a universal vote for black and white, the blacks just never bothered to vote because they were happy with the government. The trouble only came when the jesuit educated and communist indoctrinated Mugabe attacked the civilian population of Rhodesia.

    Greenflag shows his true colours when he calls the African dictators “moderate”, they were by and large communist puppets controlled by either Russia or china. Maybe you should call yourself redflag

  • Greenflag

    dormant ,

    ‘the blacks just never bothered to vote because they were happy with the government.’

    No matter how many voted the Assembly was ‘gerrymandered’ so that there would always be a majority white government . The separate voters rolls were also restricted by financial and literacy qualifications- which ensured that only 2% of blacks could vote . When some progressive white Rhodesians tried to reform the ‘rules’ so that 16% of Blacks could vote they were defeated by the Rhodesian Government.

    ‘Greenflag shows his true colours when he calls the African dictators “moderate”,’

    Which African dictator did I call a moderate ? The African politician I referred to was Bishop Abel Muzorewa a Methodist Minister and avowed non communist .

    Here’s two suggestions .

    1) Learn to read properly and comprehend .
    2) When you accomplish the former then read up on Rhodesia and Zimbabwe before making an eejit of yourself .

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