While the USA primaries move forward in the world’s most powerful and successful democracy, Kenya continues to experience political violence (now over 600 dead) following flawed presidential elections.  The world stands by helpless as Kenya’s incumbent party and tribe crushes the opposition.  Readers might recall that the Great Rift Valley in Kenya is reputedly where modern man originates.
Meanwhile, the same ineffective world is calling for Zimbabwe’s Dictator/President Mugabe to be replaced.  But even if that happens, things are not likely to change for the better over the long term.  World famous BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson has just completed a clandestine visit to Zimbabwe (where the BBC is banned).  Simpson and others are getting quite excited about a credible challenge to Mugabe’s leadership (Telegraph) of the ruling ZANU-PF (Marxist) party from former Finance Minister, Simba Makoni.  Way back in 2000, Makoni was appointed Zimbabwe’s finance minister (BBC News).  Unfortunately, that’s when Zimbabwe’s economy really began to implode… Mugabe fired Makoni, but Makoni is said to have claimed that Mugabe fired him because he (Makoni) opposed the plans to confiscate land from (white) farmers.
Is “hero” Mr Simba Makoni the man to rescue Zimbabwe from “villain” Mugabe’s failures?  He’s reported to have the backing of a retired army general and the general’s wife, who just happens to be one of Mugabe’s two Vice Presidents… are you still with me on this one?  And they’re all members of the ruling party’s politburo.  But Mugabe received his party’s nomination as presidential candidate, and Mugabe is reputed to have refused to accept Makoni’s resignation from the party…
In Africa’s version of “Democracy” it seems that the only “credible” way to change things is to shuffle the cards within the ruling party.  Opposition parties are not allowed to flourish; if they’re too successful, their followers are beaten, imprisoned, tortured and/or killed… See Kenya above.
Zimbabwe is in the throes of a bountiful “rainy season”.  There’s water everywhere and Mugabe’s government is expecting a bumper crop.  But most Zimbabwe commercial farmers have had their land confiscated and given to Mugabe’s cronies who aren’t interested in farming.  The subsistence farmers say they have no seed and no fertiliser.  And the contours preventing rains from washing the soil away have not been maintained, so there will be another crop failure.  Cathy Buckle’s weekly newsletter from Zimbabwe has a wonderful description of a Zimbabwean rainy season.  Meanwhile a single loaf of bread costs ZW$1.5 million.

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Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists.  His novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesia’s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.

Readers who would like to make a contribution to help innocent pensioners, who are unable to buy food and other basic necessities in Zimbabwe, should please contact Patricia Williams by email patashnix@btinternet.com.
 

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