While Simon Mann was still incarcerated in Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guineaâ€™s President Obiang is said to have boasted that if he ever got his hands on him he would personally sodomise the mercenary, and then have him skinned alive.Â Zimbabwe delivered Mann to Equatorial Guineaâ€™s infamous Black Beach jail in January and now Mann has given an interview from this most notorious of jails to one of the UKâ€™s major television stations.Â According to the Daily Mail, the interview names senior politicians, including a top UK Government minister, who â€œtacitly approvedâ€ of an alleged plot to stage a coup by Mannâ€™s mercenaries in Equatorial Guinea.Â The (Labour) politicians have denied this.
Until now, Simon Mann has always denied that he was involved in a coup plot. Â Â One wonders what sort of conditions, including torture, might have forced him to â€œchange his mindâ€ and confess, implicating so many other people.Â Pictures suggest that heâ€™s not been â€œskinned aliveâ€ â€“ yetâ€¦ But who knows what other horrors he has faced and may still have to faceâ€¦
Meanwhile, President Bush has been visiting Africa (Sunday Times) and said, â€œHuman suffering should pre-empt commercial interests in Africaâ€¦â€ Â The President made this remark partly in the context of China and Darfur, but also after having seen the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan massacre.Â Horrified when he was shown how babiesâ€™ skulls had been smashed during that particular example of African tribal madness, Bush said, â€œEvil dies existâ€¦ and is such brutal formâ€¦â€Â Apparently, former President Bill Clinton claims he still has sleepless nights because he failed to act to stop the massacres when they happened during his presidency.Â One just has to wonder why no-one has that problem over the Zimbabwean massacres of the 1980s, and subsequent atrocities by Mugabeâ€™s regime.Â But of course, the British tend to be more phlegmatic about this sort of thingâ€¦
Cathy Buckle writes from Zimbabwe that theyâ€™ve all been visited by Mugabeâ€™s candidates for election â€“ and that itâ€™s the first time theyâ€™ve seen their political representatives since the last elections five years ago.Â â€œThey emerge from their luxury double cabs in their fancy clothes and smart shoes and say â€˜vote for meâ€™â€¦â€Â Even â€œtheir physical appearance and well fleshed bodiesâ€ contrasts strongly with the â€œthin, exhausted people sitting in the dust at their feetâ€¦â€
Does no one in high office ever wonder if their insistence on â€œfreedomâ€ and the western concept of â€œdemocracyâ€ for Africa from the 1950s onwards might just be something else that they should have sleepless nights about?Â Zimbabwe was better off under the system already in place before Mugabe took power with the sponsorship of Britain and other Commonwealth nations.Â So called â€œwhite settler ruleâ€ was a form of democracy uniquely suited to Africa â€“ not universal suffrage, but votes for responsible Rhodesians who qualified â€“ regardless of race or ethnicity.Â That paradise in Africa has been destroyed by Mugabe style â€œdemocracyâ€.
Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Â His 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.Â http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com
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