According to Zimbabwe Today, a memo leaked from Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation puts “all national and provincial security operatives…” on “condition red.”:  “Be advised to temporarily suspend all minor operations in your provinces for RDWK ahead.”   (I just love the acronym RDWK, which apparently means “real dirty work”…)  It also instructs all operatives to: “…Employ all RDWK strategies without restraint. Mobilise street kids in urban areas, hire them, then plant them at all Makoni’s rallies to cause violence. The police will be on hand to arrest rioters. Those arrested will be detained in jails until after the elections.”  The memo considers the situation to be very serious: “citizens are restless and ready to vote out Zim 1.” (Zim 1 is code for Mugabe).  Western readers might think this leaked memo is a spoof, but to those of us who have lived in Africa, it has the hallmarks of reality…

So how’s that for democracy at work?  But precisely because they’re running so scared, I now believe for the first time it is possible Makoni (who until being expelled a few weeks ago for standing against Mugabe was a fellow member of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF politburo) might actually win against Mugabe.

Simba Makoni claims that senior members of ZANU-PF support his candidacy.  But none have yet come forward publicly.  If any do, then Makoni is likely to win – if he isn’t assassinated…

Readers may recall that I first mentioned Simba Makoni as a potential candidate on January 22, and again on February 11.
Meanwhile, according to the country’s Central Statistical Office, Zimbabwe’s year on year inflation reached 66,212 percent (CBC, Canada) in December 2007 and in January the International Monetary Fund pegged inflation at 150.000 percent.

This staggering level of inflation means little to those of us lucky enough to live in the USA or UK, but its hell in Zimbabwe:  As Cathy Buckle says, “When I last saw my friend in August, a litre of milk was thirty thousand dollars; six months later it’s five million dollars”.  That’s hard to live with, and its only one example…

President Bush, on the other hand, declared that Mugabe is a “discredited dictator” (Reuters).  Mugabe doesn’t’ have much time for Bush either…


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

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