An atrocity of 25 years ago may still wreck the talks
One of Mugabe's first and most appalling crimes against the people of Zimbabwe, when some 25,000 people lost their lives in the early eighties, may now prove to be the stumbling block to success at the current talks in Pretoria.
The Gukurahundi - the massacre of the people of Matabeleland, which has never received the recognition or condemnation from the West that it deserves - has led the opposition MDC negotiators to demand that any transitional government must set up a Truth and Justice Commission to investigate this and other Zanu-PF atrocities.
Mugabe's men at the talks, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa and Labour minister Nicholas Goche, are adamant that the mass persecution of the Ndebele people be left in the past.
But MDC Morgan Tsvangirai's negotiators, party chairman Lovemore Moyo and secretary-general Tendai Biti have both told mediator Thabo Mbeki that the people responsible should be brought to book.