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Monday, 23 June 2008

The War of the Words

Suddenly everyone has something to say about Zimbabwe

Rightly or wrongly, Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, (MDC) lurks behind the gates of the Dutch Embassy here in Harare. He has not requested asylum, say his Dutch hosts, but he does fear for his own personal safety.

Latest intelligence says that. while he has announced his withdrawal from the Presidential run-off election on Friday, he has yet to write to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to say so. This has led to rumours that he might even change his mind on Wednesday, and run after all.

As for Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF junta - they call Tsvangirai a coward, and count their blessings. On the surface, the way seems open for another five years of their iron-fisted rule.

But the prospect for the next few days remains frighteningly confused and uncertain - a factor which seems to have been a signal for world leaders of every persuasion to weigh in with their own comments on our poor country.

Here are some examples of what has become a world-wide verbal conflict:

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told reporters that there was too much violence in Zimbabwe for the run-off to go ahead, and said it must be postponed. The developing situation in Zimbabwe would, he said, have a widespread effect on the whole region of Africa.

Neighbouring Botswana's foreign minister Pando Skelemani said that the Southern African Development Community (SADEC) must decide whether Zimbabwe could have a legitimate president in the current political climate.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Mugabe regime "cannot be considered legitimate in the absence of a run-off".

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan commented: "I think it is important that we all realise that Zimbabwe needs our help."

And so on and so on and so on. Everyone is having their say. But it seems that, so far, no-one has suggested that there is anything anyone can actually do. Let alone start doing it.

At this point your own Moses would normally put forward his point of view. But frankly, I think too much has been said already.


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Ladies and gentlemen we thank the Mdc president for being there for his country. To him we say thank you very much Mr President you have shown the world that Mugabe is not what people thought he was. We are ready to deal with zanu-pf through violence. We have been trying to give democracy a chance but zanu-pf refused the people of zimbabwe to chose a leader of their choice; therefore we are here to inform the people that sooner or later we will do it.
This has to be clear to zanu-pf and the people of zimbabwe we are an independent group we olny love peace but zanu-pf has forced us to do these. Those who are willing to join us please come to Mocambique just ask for Tiro-tiro,sebastiao or Muhondo @ kiosk zvangu Bairro pedaco.you will be refered to many people pliz be patient with our officers as they will use different sreaning techinics. cio are also welcome.
Do not carry anything with you as you will be searched and any thing found will be desposed infront of yourself be it mobile phones cash anything.
Brigadier Dzambo Marufu

Amazing how the words flow so freely when people are dying

ZANU-PF call Tsvangirai a coward when they are the ones who have been hiding behind the Zimbabwe security forces for the last 28 years (and of course behind refugees, civilians, and anyone else that they could find before that)

Ban-Ki Moon: It's taken you THIS long to realise what people have been saying with certainty since the mid '80s? Are you sure you're qualified to comment here (and as a UN leader, that is a scary thing)

Condoleezza Rice: Maybe you ought to look up your history ..... Mugabe has NEVER had a legitimate government, elected in a free and fair election, therefore Mugabe's reign has always been illegitimate by definition.

And to all the other politicians who are going to spout their mouths off about this, RESEARCH your work.

And, so, Mister MuHondo, since you've been "trying to give democracy a chance" in Zimbabwe, you need to know that, in spite of Mugabe's flowing lies circa 1980 regarding rule by the people, democracy has NEVER been given a chance in Zim. So, what kind of government are you proposing, Sir? You looking for a piece of the pie, maybe? Perhaps as a barter for the Chinese? Will we be trading one insane despot for a delusional one, with much bloodshed from the innocent as a sacrifice for the exchange of power?

I have to confess I believe not a word of your proposal, anyway. Like the ZRM, lift the bonnet, and there's nothing there. Under the circumstances, yours is a reasonable thought, but such a venue as this is not where such actions begin, "Brigadier"... trust me on that one, bud. Nice try, though... I'm sure Robert is shaking in his boots as he rushes to the Dutch embassy to join Morgan.

About a year ago I wrote in my blog that the BEST thing that could happen in Zimbabwe was a rapid and total meltdown. Total economic, political and social anarchy. Breakdown of law and order, civil society in tatters, something like Somalia in the 1990s.

Refugees spilling into South Africa not by the thousand but by the hundreds of thousands.

Only such a scenario will prompt Africa to take action in Zimbabwe (rather than empty rhetoric).

Think about it. The US got its fingers burnt in Somalia - one of the few cases when the US actually did something for the 'right' reasons (but went about it the wrong way). So they wont' want to meddle militarily in Zim. They'll leave it to Thabo and I wouldn't trust him with a Zimbabwean dollar coin, let alone the future of the country.

Then think Darfur and Africa's late and weak response to it. In the eyes of African politicians it is morally better to let innocent people die than to hurt the feelings or pride of a fellow African leader.

Maybe Darfur is not bad enough. Which is why I think that in order to make Africa take notice and do something, Zimbabwe's countryside needs to get worse than Darfur, and the cities worse than Mogadishu.

Since the ZANU massacre of 10 000 to
30 000 helpless Ndebeles in the first years of independence the ruling party has been terrified of losing power. If it did so its leaders might get the long jail and death sentances they deserve. That was the end of democracy in Zimbabwe. ZANU will never hand over power peacefully. They would be crazy to do so now. It is necessary for the internmational community, including the other African states and the East Bloc, to demonstrate their total conpempt for this regime. When it is obvious that the emperor has no clothes they wil be powerless and the young officers in the army will see them off, if the younger ZANU hierarchy do not prempt this. Their main sins are corruption and incompetence, and they are long past their sell-by date.

Brigadier Marufu, I was resisting posting these questions, but they've been bugging me since I read your post.

I must admit that your recruitment post sounds contrived and more than a little false ..... but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt, and a chance to sell yourself to potential 'employees' by asking a few select questions.

What service were (or are) you a Brigadier in?

What is your plan for after this second independance that you are insinuating?

What is going to be the difference between the way you plan to operate and the way ZANLA operated in the bush war?

What are your plans for White Zimbabweans and expatriate Rhodesians?

What external forces are welcome in your revolutionary army?

and finally, the most important question out of the lot:

What is your REAL agenda behind a civil war/coup?

Give us some convincing answers to these questions and I would think your recruits would come rolling in (well, maybe not rolling, but it would gain a few that have reservations), and believe me, I REALLY hope you are for real, and able to answer these questions with the truth.

Brigadier Marufu has been in the service for more than 25 years. He was in the Zimbabwean Army captured by the Rwandan Force in 1998. The red cross secure his freedom from Rwanda but Brigadier Marufu Known as Muhondo refused to go back to Zimbabwe.With the help of his new found friends he went to Uganda where he was joinned by his family, from Zim.
He has been travelling to Congo Mozambique Rsa gathering all the fomer Zim servicemen not for war but to form an association.In 2003 The Association formed and registered.
AIM OF THE ASSOCIATION: To offer imotional support to the former soldiers, to help the disadvantaged people in a new zimbabwe, to stop any form of abuse to the citizen of the country. to counter protect the government of the will of the people.
We will work with everyone who loves and care for the people.
Our recruitment, Everyone of 20-42 years of age. we dont train people to be soldiers, but we offer what we call Ist Response in self-guarding (RSG) or Crowed Management courses (CMC).

To Contact Us
It will be strictly by text messages.
Representatives are in Mocambique, Zambia, Rwanda, Rsa and Botswana.

Captain Vince (chidhoma)

Captain Vince. Supply us with the Numbers. We are willing to contact you and join anything to fight Zanu pf.

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