With his supporters beaten, arrested and murdered, Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC leader) was forced on Sunday to withdraw from the so-called election “runoff” (Daily Mail).  Mugabe’s Zanu-PF thugs have succeeded in terrorising the population of Zimbabwe and, according to resident Cathy Buckle, “a blanket of fear has descended” on the country. 

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF militia, military and police intimidation and violence against MDC supporters last week increased to an unprecedented scale.  Foreign election monitors witnessed savage Zanu-PF attacks on MDC.  Four opposition supporters and a passer-by were killed by a Zanu-PF mob.  “All had their skulls smashed and some had their lips and genitals cut off and eyes gouged out…” (Daily Mail.) 

Mugabe had been quoted (by his own state media) as saying, “We are not going to give up our country because of a mere ‘X’.  How can a ballpoint fight a gun?” and, “Only God, who appointed me, will remove me, not the (opposition) MDC, not the British…”  Mugabe, his ministers and military (there’s little difference), threatened “war” if the opposition wins. 

A senior MDC writer now forecasts that the dark Zanu-PF forces that persuaded Mugabe to fight the “runoff”, even after he had conceded defeat when he lost the March election, will “manage” Mugabe’s “exit”, presumably into comfortable retirement.  (The Times, Johannesburg.)  This may take several months, but a new despot will replace Mugabe, and Zimbabwe will continue to suffer under the misrule of Marxist Zanu-PF for the foreseeable future. 

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of this electoral farce, the people of Zimbabwe will be subjected to an ongoing terrorist campaign.  Anyone who does not support Zanu-PF will be beaten (“re-educated”), women and girls raped, “dissidents” tortured and killed.  These are the tactics that Mugabe’s terrorist “freedom fighters” adopted during the 1970s civil war, and again during the 1980s tribal genocide against the Ndebele. 

Once Mugabe is quietly retired, Zanu-PF and their liberal apologists will relegate past evils to an enfeebled “once great” old nationalist hero.  International charities will return to Zimbabwe to feed the starving millions – always provided that the (Zanu-PF) government controls who gets the food (only Zanu-PF supporters).  Africa and the “international community” will acclaim a new, free Zimbabwe – yet again.  But nothing will change for the ordinary people of Zimbabwe.  This is how Africa works.

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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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