Archbishop John Sentamu, himself an African from Uganda and the second most senior Church figure in Britain, has called for Britain to intervene in Zimbabwe.
He has seen that South Africa is either unable or unwilling to do anything about the Zimbabwe situation and compares Zimbabwe’s President/Dictator Robert Mugabe with the former President/Dictator of Uganda Idi Amin.  Amin was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans; Mugabe is diligently working towards equalling or beating Amin’s murder rate.  But Amin was a barely educated semi-literate savage.  Mugabe was supposed to be a highly educated and sophisticated man – he, along with all other black Rhodesians, certainly received an excellent education under the old Rhodesian system that he has since destroyed.  But that just means Mugabe’s savagery is (only slightly) less brazen than Amin’s was.  It also means he is getting away with murder for much longer than Idi Amin did.
The crimes are staggering; when Mugabe took over Rhodesia “the breadbasket of Africa” and renamed it Zimbabwe in 1980, he was praised and admired by all the western liberals and media for his forgiveness and multiracial inclusiveness.  He even fooled the small white population there into thinking that he wanted them to remain and to help Zimbabwe to maintain its prosperity.  But barely a year after taking power, he used his notorious North Korean trained 5th Brigade to slaughter tens of thousands of people of the Ndebele Tribe, which was the centre of opposition (Mugabe is from the Shona Tribe) at the time.  The West ignored this genocide because Mugabe was cunning enough to hide the facts; liberals and the media didn’t want to believe the facts, so they were complicit in this crime (just as they were when they refused to believe that Mugabe’s terrorists tortured and murdered civilians during the 1970’s Civil War).
The Zimbabwean people are suffering the consequences of having been intimidated into voting for Mugabe the first time round, 27 years ago.  Every time there are “elections”, the population is either intimidated or denied a vote, and Mugabe “wins” again…  Western Liberals, the Media and Governments are responsible, but are not suffering the consequences – the Zimbabwean people are.
Now the BBC has managed to sneak into Zimbabwe (like most other western media, the BBC is now banned by their former champion, Mugabe as being unfriendly) and Archbishop Sentamu has been horrified with what the BBC reporter saw – “Inside Mugabe’s Zimbabwe”.  The rose tinted spectacles have suddenly come off; “People are starving”, brave BBC reporter Sue Lloyd-Roberts says.  There’s no food in the shops, no drinking water, no sanitation but raw sewage in the streets where she visited.  Aids is rampant and the first cholera case has been reported.  The BBC programme is worth watching, but it didn’t cover what is happening in other parts of Zimbabwe where things are even worse.  It has been estimated that as much as a third of the Zimbabwe population has left the country; another third is close to starving, and at least a third have Aids.
In the countryside, where the BBC didn’t go, smoke fills the sky as the bushveld burns.  That’s because people have returned to their old was of “hunting” to feed themselves and their families.  Men with dogs set the bush alight and wait for small animals and birds (most of the larger game was killed long ago) to escape the fire – only to be killed by the hunters as they emerge from the burning bush…  Then the hunters go home with a few scraps of food and leave the bushfire to burn itself out.
It was to prevent all this happening that we Rhodesian soldiers, Black and White together, fought against Mugabe’s terrorists in the 1970s Civil War.  We were beaten, not by Mugabe but by the combined economic might of America, Britain; the political and military ambitions of Communist China and the Soviet Union; and United Nations Sanctions.  The consequences have turned out to be even worse than I anticipated.
Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.

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