Mugabe is no longer in charge of Zimbabwe, he’s a puppet.  When it became evident that he’d lost the March elections, he wanted to concede defeat (See “Mugabe Admits Defeat”, April 03.)  He was ready to slither into the undergrowth to enjoy retirement on the vast riches he’d stolen from the people he claims to have “liberated”. 

But Zimbabwe’s generals have not finished filling their pockets, and so they refused to allow Mugabe to retire.  Mainstream media are finally beginning to understand this reality.  London’s Daily Mail (Andrew Malone) reports that there are six “former” terrorists who now control Zimbabwe – a cabal of generals.  These include Perence Shiri – the “Air Marshal” I referred to in my post last Monday, “Chinese-built Jet Fighters Scream Victory Overhead”.  (There’s a picture of this ‘delightful’ creature in full uniform on the Daily Mail Website.) 

While the African Union, South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and “president” Mugabe talk about talks for a government of “national unity”, these “generals” are waging war on the civilian population of Zimbabwe. 

There’s kidnapping, incarceration, rape and murder of anyone suspected of opposition to the regime going on daily.  After each night of terror, dead bodies are left at the side of the road.  Tortured survivors with horrific injuries try to make it into overstretched and overcrowded hospitals with little or no medicine.  Teenage girls are being raped and infected with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe’s death camps (Douglas Marle, Sunday Times). 

Those few people who have so far escaped the violence are suffering the consequences of the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy and infrastructure.  “We are all billionaires who can afford to buy nothing…” says one Zimbabwean.  Millions have fled the country, and hundreds of thousands more are trying to.  There are long lines of hopeful people outside every embassy in Zimbabwe.  

So much for Zimbabwe’s “freedom”.


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.

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

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