Watch out for the backlash!
As old as he is, Mugabe is taking nothing lying down
If anyone thinks that a surprise triumph in the election for Speacher, plus a few boos and jeers and rude songs, in what is laughingly called our parliament, will change anything, they are mistaken. That much became clear this week, as Mugabe's thugs went back into action.
Members and supporters of the MDC in Harare's urban areas, particularly Glenview and Mabvuku, who were unwise enough to begin celebrating parliamentary events on Monday and Tuesday, soon found themselves under attack. A gang of members of the National Youth Service, otherwise known as the Green Bombers, went into their familiar action with batons and fists.
I myself was in Glenview, and witnessed a man I know, Takura Moyo, an MDC supporter wearing a party t-shirt who was unwise enough not to flee, catch the full force of the thugs. He is now in hospital in a critical condition.
I myself had to run for my life, when Green Bombers spotted I was taking photographs of the events.
MDC members of parliament, those who boldly heckled and humiliated Mugabe when he officially opened parliament yesterday, were today seeking police protection for their journey between home and office, according to MDC member Sekai Holland.
But such reliance on the forces of law and order may be self-defeating. At the last count, the police admitted that they had five MDC members of parliament currently under arrest, on charges ranging from sedition to rape.
The five have been named as Eliah Jembere, member of parliament for Epworth, Pearson Mungofa of Highfield East, Bednoc Nyaude of Bindura South, Matthew Mlambo of Chipinge East, and Trevor Saruwaka of Mutasa Central.
Much more of this kind of police protection, and Mugabe will once again have a Zanu-PF parliamentary majority.