A wave of fear is sweeping across Zimbabwe as terror reigns, not only in towns and cities but also in rural areas, where people are beaten and otherwise punished for having supported the opposition.  Cathy Buckle this week quotes one victim from a small country town telling her, “…it is terrible, there are injured people everywhere.” 

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party thugs have prevented the publication of results of the presidential elections, because the Zimbabwean people have “voted incorrectly”.  (That means the people didn’t vote for Mugabe.)  A leaked memo from among the military hierarchy quotes the head of Zimbabwe’s police force, air vice-marshal Henry Muchena as saying that Zanu-PF did not “fight a liberation war to have Zimbabweans vote incorrectly…” (Christina Lamb, Sunday Times.) 

Now the full force of Zanu-PF’s military, police and so-called “war vets” has been unleashed on those parts of the country that supported Mugabe’s opposition.  A seventy-six year old farmer was abducted last week by war vets who attempted to lynch him before releasing him after six hours of terror.  These same thugs have burnt down farm workers’ homes (Douglas Marle in Harare, Sunday Times). 

I predicted this reaction by Mugabe’s henchmen as a likely scenario in my post, Mugabe “admits defeat” on April 3, after it had become clear that Mugabe had lost the March 29 elections, and again when I wrote Zimbabwe – “Exhausted and Betrayed” on April 7.  Mugabe’s military, police and paramilitary thugs are in control now and they are fighting for Zanu-PF – not for the people of Zimbabwe. 

During the weekend, Mugabe refused to attend a special meeting of regional leaders, called by neighbouring Zambia.  (One wonders – if Mugabe leaves Zimbabwe, might he be prevented from returning?)  But Mugabe has a powerful friend in South Africa’s ANC – the ruling party in that country, and stable-mate to Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF.  It is not in the ANC’s interest that Zimbabwe’s ruling Marxist party should be replaced. 

South African president Mbeki held a meeting with Mugabe on Saturday before flying on to the meeting of southern African leaders and emerged to announce that “there is no crisis in Zimbabwe”.  After their meeting, regional leaders snubbed president-elect Tsvangirai, and held talks instead with Simba Makoni (until recently a member of Zanu-PF’s politburo) as their preferred replacement for Mugabe.  Makoni was once finance minister in Mugabe’s government, and stood as an independent candidate against Mugabe and Tsvangirai in the recent presidential elections – some suspected as Mugabe’s “stalking horse”.  But Makoni received less than 6 percent of the votes against Mugabe’s 43.8 percent and Tsvangirai’s 50.3 percent, so he has absolutely no legitimate claim to succeed. 

Having voted “incorrectly” during the elections, are Zimbabweans now having their future decided by the Marxist leaders of their neighbouring Southern African countries?  The theory is that – after the runoff (which, of course, Mugabe will “win”) Mugabe will then restore ‘prodigal son’, Makoni to Zanu-PF so that he can be made Prime Minister under Mugabe and Mugabe’s heir apparent. 

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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.  http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com

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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