It seems likely that Morgan Tsvangirai, moral victor of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Elections, and “President” Mugabe will sign a “Memorandum of Understanding” early this week.  This is designed to set a framework for talks aimed at reaching agreement for some form of Government of National Unity in Zimbabwe; to make peace between the two warring political parties in Zimbabwe. (VOA) 

The deal was brokered after South Africa’s President Mbeki agreed to set up a team of facilitators, including representatives from the United Nations, the African Union, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).  Morgan Tsvangirai had hitherto refused to sign any deal that did not include representatives from these parties, due to Mbeki’s bias towards Mugabe and Zanu-PF.  Details are still being studied before signing takes place, possibly as early as today, Monday, July 21… 

The real problems will only come when Zanu-PF’s demand that any government must be under the leadership of Mugabe is pitted against Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) intention that only “moderate” members of Zanu-PF will be acceptable as part of what they are calling a “government of national healing”. 

For the sake of Zimbabwe’s long suffering population, I hope a sensible agreement is reached.  However, I fear that Zanu-PF’s track record does not fill me with confidence that this will be the outcome.  Having spent four months terrorising the ‘dissident’ population with unprecedented violence, including murder, torture, rape and arson – why is Zanu-PF now willing to talk? 

The brutal truth is that Zanu-PF has retained, and consolidated power by force of arms.  Having killed or cowed the opposition, Zanu-PF now want a quiet, “peaceful” end to things with Zanu-PF still in control.  That suits both Mbeki and Mugabe.  World media will soon forget about the atrocities, and Zanu-PF killers and rapists can get on with their comfortable lives.  Zimbabwe’s ordinary people have learned a very severe lesson, and will be grateful that they’re still alive… 

It seems obvious to me that this “peaceful political solution” was on its way.  Why?  Because last week in Zimbabwe’s country towns and villages, the people who had been beaten and terrorised for four months were suddenly being given “presents” by the same Zanu-PF thugs who, until last week, had killed, beaten and terrorised them.  (Cathy Buckle) 

First beat people into submission – then come back and “save” them; give them gifts from a benevolent (Zanu-PF) government.  See how nice things can be if you behave yourselves, vote correctly and do what we tell you? 

The President of Zimbabwe has overwhelming power over the people and all the institutions of government – if Tsvangirai accepts Mugabe as “President” and becomes “Prime Minister” or “Vice President” under Mugabe as some people are suggesting, things will not change in Zimbabwe. 


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.

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