24 June, 2008

Zimbabwe Election

The opposition sought safety at the Dutch Embassy, and his closest aide fled to Johannesburg. Think about how times have changed, an African fleeing to South Africa. Is this Robert Mugabe's claim to fame, his legacy. After thirty years, he lost an election to Morgan Tsvangirai. The election was contested and now that they are nearing the runoff, the violence against Mr. Tsvangirai's supporters has become unbearable.

Mugabe's hubris is throughout his regime.

Boniface G. Chidyausiku, the United Nations ambassador from Zimbabwe, said that
neither the statement from the Council nor the call by Mr. Ban to postpone
vote would affect the timing of the elections.
“The Security Council
micromanage elections in any particular country,” Mr. Chidyausiku
reporters. “As far as we are concerned, the date has been set.”
Britain and its allies of pushing for “regime change” and said Mr.
decision to drop out of the election was a ploy to attract
sympathy. He also said the opposition in Zimbabwe was
exaggerating the violence.
“These are M.D.C. tricks that should be seen for
what they are,” he said in
a speech, referring to the Movement for
Democratic Change. “The British
government’s hidden hand in all these
political developments is evident and
clearly visible.”

There may not be enough support within the 14 countries that make up the Southern African Development Community. And, with the unwillingness to hear the United Nations it looks as if the people of Zimbabwe will not see a free and fair election to take place. They will not see the man they had already elected take office. Their voices are being choked out of them.

I hope the world will sit up and take notice.

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