I salute Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC Opposition Party; they are holding out against tremendous pressure in their refusal to grant Mugabe’s Zanu-PF legitimacy by joining Zimbabwe’s Marxist, Zanu-PF Government in a so-called Government of National Unity. 

Mugabe and his friend, South Africa’s President Mbeki, want Tsvangirai to agree to serve as (a token) Prime Minister (without power) so they can say the Zimbabwe crisis has been settled. 

Last week (Zimbabwe; Deal Imminent?), I said that any deal which fails to strip Mugabe of the “presidency” he stole would provide a “fig leaf” of legitimacy for Mugabe and his Zanu-PF strongmen. 

While the people of Zimbabwe suffer the awful consequences of total economic collapse, the architect of their suffering, Mugabe has become nothing more than an aged figurehead.  Real power is held by a cabal of military and ex-military thugs who are members of Zanu-PF’s Politburo and Zimbabwe’s all-powerful military Joint Operations Command (JOC).  They’re all former henchmen of Mugabe’s and now have control over their now senile leader. 

So, when a deal was close to being brokered between Mugabe, Tsvangirai and their teams, Zimbabwe’s “Security Chiefs” met to “consult” with President Mbeki of South Africa (Zimbabwe’s powerful southern neighbour).  And any deal that did not meet with military approval was a “no-deal” (allAfrica.com and other sources). 

It was Zimbabwe’s military who insisted on Mugabe retaining the presidency; it is the military who are insisting on Mugabe retaining executive power in Zimbabwe, making sure the post of “Prime Minister” is totally ineffective.  They do not want an elected Prime Minister or President with a mind of his (or her) own, and executive powers to implement change. 

Information is that Tsvangirai has been “tempted” with the offer of a few “executive powers” – over such matters as the economy, for example.  (That’s a poisoned chalice, and an invitation to fail if ever there was one!) 

Of course, “fail” is just what Zimbabwe’s military want Tsvangirai to do, so that they can, in time, restore full Zanu-PF power. 

In the mean time, they want Mugabe to retain military and all other critical executive powers (e.g. Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO)) so that Zanu-PF’s military can destroy any so-called Tsvangirai/MDC Government at will.

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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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