These, together with rice, sugar beans and ground nuts (peanuts) were the price for placing a ritual curse on Mugabe.  Mugabe was not too pleased with his minister of state for security, Didymus Mutasa, who allegedly gave these to a well-known spirit medium to help him (Didymus) gain power from Mugabe.  Coming after Mugabe’s disappointment when another medium’s claim to have discovered diesel flowing from a hillside in Zimbabwe a few months ago (see my October 8 post) eventually proved to be a hoax, this latest revelation was bound to have annoyed the old dictator.
But Mutasa is a long standing Mugabe comrade, who is perhaps best known for his answer when asked three serious questions about Zimbabwe’s plight in 2002.  The first question concerned the fear in that year that severe drought might result in the death of half of Zimbabwe’s 12 million population, many of them supporters of the then confident opposition Movement for Democratic Change, MDC. The second concerned the thousands of Zimbabweans who die each week from AIDS. And the third related to the mass exodus from the country of skilled blacks and whites.  His answer was “We would be better off with only six million people, with our own [ruling party] people who supported the liberation struggle. We don’t want all these extra people.”  Didymus currently holds the grand title of “Minister of State for National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement in the President’s Office”.  The last part of his title means he’s the one who enforces the confiscation of farmland from farmers and allocates them to Mugabe’s cronies; that’s what behind Zimbabwe becoming a basket case instead of being the “Breadbasket of Africa” it once was.  Well, Mutasa certainly achieves his aims – so far they’ve managed to reduce Zimbabwe’s population by 4 million.

Here’s another little gem about Mugabe’s Zimbabwe and his African comrades:

“Armed police and soldiers swoop on 2 poster boys armed with glue.”  Well, that didn’t actually happen in Zimbabwe, but Mugabe’s Zanu PF Marxist party reach goes beyond Zimbabwe’s borders.  The incident happened in neighbouring South Africa – that paragon of virtue on Zimbabwe’s southern border.  The poster “boys” were trying to put up an advertisement in the South African border town of Musina, about 18 miles from South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe.  The advertisement was aimed at the estimated 4 million (one third of the total population) Zimbabweans who have taken refuge in South Africa.  It was encouraging Zimbabweans to vote at the elections scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe next March, 2008.  See “SA Police arrest workers erecting Zimbabwe voting billboard”.  That’s Africa for you.

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
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 during Rhodesia’s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.

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