Imagine living in a place where the electricity supply is so erratic that you have to cook your food over a primitive, open wood fire in the back yard.Â What little fresh meat and dairy produce there is, goes rotten because (of course) refrigeration wonâ€™t work without power, and thereâ€™s no hot water.Â According to Cathy Buckle, they had just 35 minutes of electricity in a period of 38 hours last week.Â Zimbabweans have to rely on candles to see after dark â€“ if they can get them.Â
Meanwhile, has the Zanu PF politburo forced Mugabe, and his mad ministers of state to drop their plans to â€œpurgeâ€ the few remaining white farmers from their land in Zimbabwe?Â AllAfrica.com reports that the Marxist Stateâ€™s â€œâ€¦decision-making body, the politburo, last week rejected a land reform report that proposed a further purging of the few remaining white farmersâ€.Â The report continues, â€œPolitburo members argued that the eviction of more farmers would bring the economy to its knees because they were the ones providing the little supplies that were still trickling onto the market.Â They further argued that the report was driven by nothing other than racism since swathes of land were lying idle following the emotive fast-track land reform programmeâ€¦â€Â
Words that make sense indeed.Â Well, Mugabe needs the politburo right now, as he prepares for re-election next March, so he seems to have quietly dropped this latest outrage.Â I doubt it signals a general reform of Mugabeâ€™s government though.Â
An interesting insight into efforts being made to remove Mugabe from power in Zimbabwe emerged through a report carried in the Zimbabwe Independent. Â This business weekly claims, quoting â€œimpeccable sourcesâ€, that Mugabe â€œrejected overtures by former South African president Nelson Mandela and other international statesmen for him to retire ahead of next yearâ€™s elections to avoid further deterioration of the economyâ€.Â Apparently Nelson Mandela is patron of a group funded by British business billionaire, Richard Branson.Â Called â€œGlobal Eldersâ€, members include ex UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and former US President Jimmy Carter.Â When Mandelaâ€™s approach was rejected by Mugabe, the group asked Kofi Annan to make a second approach â€“ that was also rejected.Â
Last week, I promised to provide a contact for people who want to help struggling pensioners in Zimbabwe.Â The Charity I have received the best reports on is SOAP (an acronym for â€œSupporting Old Age Pensioners.â€)Â They distribute parcels of food, and other basics to hundreds of pensioners trapped in Zimbabwe.Â Because of shortages of food and other basics in Zimbabwe, I understand that most of the goods are now sourced from South Africa.Â People who would like to make a contribution can contact Patricia Williams by email firstname.lastname@example.org, who is based in the UK and works closely with SOAP.Â (I have deliberately not included any direct Zimbabwe contact for fear that my anti-Mugabe articles may compromise the good work the charity is doing.)Â
Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Â Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesiaâ€™s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.