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.