Do the recent street battles between Zimbabwe’s Soldiers and Police in Harare mean Mugabe is losing control?  Are Zimbabwe’s soldiers staging a rolling mutiny? 

Most of the media coverage suggests this is what is happening.  The Institute for War and Peace Reporting – an excellent source of information in troubled areas of the world – reported “Soldiers’ protests rock Harare” on Saturday last week.  According to Chipo Sithole, Zimbabwe analysts are predicting that the protests from soldiers normally used to keep Mugabe’s opposition in check will force Mugabe to accept a deal with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. 

The soldiers have certainly been causing havoc on the capital’s streets, but Mugabe is not reacting as if there was any threat to his monstrous grip on the long suffering people of Zimbabwe. 

Another commentator suggests Mugabe is merely up to another of his old tricks and wants to use rioting soldiers and battles between soldiers and policemen in the streets of Harare to convince his neighbors’ that a planned declaration of a State of Emergency is justified.  Under the draconian military law of a Zimbabwean State of Emergency, Mugabe and his old terrorist henchmen will be able to “legitimately” rule by decree.  All civilian laws, such as they are, will be suspended and Military Law will prevail.  What remains of the opposition can be silenced and dissidents murdered by soldiers acting under the orders of Mugabe’s men.  This is the how Denford Magora sees things on his blog page. 

In fact there are plenty of reasons that Mugabe can give to support his declaring a State of Emergency – not least the growing Cholera Crisis that I reported on this site a few weeks ago (November 26).  And it would be well in line with Mugabe’s long term track record of promising compromise while tightening his grip. 

The so-called “deal” between Zanu-PF and the opposition parties who actually won the last elections have come to nothing as – sadly – I predicted on September 15 in my comment “Deal or Sell-out?  More questions than answers”. 

Mugabe and his terrorists can only be removed by force, and at least some African leaders are now calling for this action.  The “good guys” include Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu; retired Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu; and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.  These powerful voices have been added to the long standing demands for his removal from far-sighted and courageous leaders in Zimbabwe’s neighbour, Botswana. 

Mugabe and his terrorists have destroyed the “Jewel of Africa”.  It is not the western world’s business, but the time for Africa to finally rid itself of this murderous tyrant and his henchmen is long overdue. 

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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