The situation in Zimbabwe is about the same, with discussions between opposition leaders and some from the Zim government.

The VOA reports:

Zimbabwean Vice President Joyce Mujuru traveled to Johannesburg late last week for discussions with Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Officials in Pretoria qualified her visit as “private,” but political observers noted that she was accompanied by her husband, former army commander Solomon Mujuru, considered by many to be a potentially decisive factor in any rearrangement of power in Harare.

Her visit came amid reports that senior officials of the ruling party and the opposition have broached discussions. Founding president Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change said no such talks have taken place – but he told VOA that he is prepared to open talks with progressive ZANU-PF elements.

The bad news is that unknown perpetrators have started throwing petrol bombs.

Last week, 3 police stations were attacked, presumably by opposition supporters.

However, this weekend a supermarket, and of a train have been bombed.

The Zimbabwean Council of Churches has warned against violence, and notes that some of the bombs may have been thrown by thieves to cover their crime.

Zim opposition says bombings a ruse to hammer critics. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party on Monday accused the government of sponsoring recent acts of violence, including petrol-bombing incidences, to justify a major crackdown on the resurgent party.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines with her husband. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket, and she blogs about Zimbabwe at MakaipaBlog. 

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