While Simon Mann was still incarcerated in Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang is said to have boasted that if he ever got his hands on him he would personally sodomise the mercenary, and then have him skinned alive.  Zimbabwe delivered Mann to Equatorial Guinea’s infamous Black Beach jail in January and now Mann has given an interview from this most notorious of jails to one of the UK’s major television stations.  According to the Daily Mail, the interview names senior politicians, including a top UK Government minister, who “tacitly approved” of an alleged plot to stage a coup by Mann’s mercenaries in Equatorial Guinea.  The (Labour) politicians have denied this.

Until now, Simon Mann has always denied that he was involved in a coup plot.   One wonders what sort of conditions, including torture, might have forced him to “change his mind” and confess, implicating so many other people.  Pictures suggest that he’s not been “skinned alive” – yet… But who knows what other horrors he has faced and may still have to face…

Meanwhile, President Bush has been visiting Africa (Sunday Times) and said, “Human suffering should pre-empt commercial interests in Africa…”  The President made this remark partly in the context of China and Darfur, but also after having seen the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan massacre.  Horrified when he was shown how babies’ skulls had been smashed during that particular example of African tribal madness, Bush said, “Evil dies exist… and is such brutal form…”  Apparently, former President Bill Clinton claims he still has sleepless nights because he failed to act to stop the massacres when they happened during his presidency.  One just has to wonder why no-one has that problem over the Zimbabwean massacres of the 1980s, and subsequent atrocities by Mugabe’s regime.  But of course, the British tend to be more phlegmatic about this sort of thing…

Cathy Buckle writes from Zimbabwe that they’ve all been visited by Mugabe’s candidates for election – and that it’s the first time they’ve seen their political representatives since the last elections five years ago.  “They emerge from their luxury double cabs in their fancy clothes and smart shoes and say ‘vote for me’…”  Even “their physical appearance and well fleshed bodies” contrasts strongly with the “thin, exhausted people sitting in the dust at their feet…”

Does no one in high office ever wonder if their insistence on “freedom” and the western concept of “democracy” for Africa from the 1950s onwards might just be something else that they should have sleepless nights about?  Zimbabwe was better off under the system already in place before Mugabe took power with the sponsorship of Britain and other Commonwealth nations.  So called “white settler rule” was a form of democracy uniquely suited to Africa – not universal suffrage, but votes for responsible Rhodesians who qualified – regardless of race or ethnicity.  That paradise in Africa has been destroyed by Mugabe style “democracy”.


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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