Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Circus Continues

This past weekend, there was an extraordinary meeting of the heads of the states that constitute the Southern African Development Community( SADC ) in Sandton, Johannesburg.
There were only two issues on the table:
(i) the political paralysis in Zimbabwe,
(ii) the deteriorating conditions in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Alas , after 12 hours of evangelistic diplomacy and undoubtedly a good measure of arm-twisting, nothing concrete came out.
Mugabe has once again, as expected, stubbornly clung unto the cabinet posts he had single-handedly allocated to his cronies in his Zanu-PF notwithstanding the agreement he had entered into with the two other parties for a government of national unity.

The MDC had sensibly argued that Mugabe should not be allowed to take all the posts that deal with state security. They had punted for the Home Affairs portfolio which is responsible for the Police Service after Mugabe had reiterated that he was not prepared to entertain any negotiations on the defence and National Intelligence portfolios. Incidentally these were the same state organs that were used by Mugabe to brutalise and silence the opposition before the elections in June.
The SADC leaders however decided to reward Mugabe by resolving that the Zanu-PF and the MDC should co-manage that Ministry. Duh , can you imagine that?
The MDC, as expected, refused to accept that resolution and so the Zimbabwe crisis remains as deadlock as it gets.
Just yesterday, Mugabe was threatening to form a government without the other parties.
Such a scenario will, of course, exacerbate the already dire economic situation in Zimbabwe. The billion dollars promised as aid for Zimbabwe will not be released until the donors are confident that the money will not end up in the hands of Mugabe and his cronies.

As far as the situation in the DRC is concerned, the SADC leaders were as unconvincing as they have always been. Meanwhile, thousands have been displaced. Hungry, thirsty and traumatised, innocent civilians are marching across their own God-given land in anguish and despair without hope for themselves and their children.
What a shame!


Anonymous said...

Mugabe is the only problem in Zimbabwe.
At 82, he will die very soon so keep up hope.

posekyere said...

Thanks Ken,

Whilst I don't wish Mugabe death, I strongly believe something(or is it somebody?)is got to give in order for Zimbabwe to be free again.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.

novisi said...

i believe the ultimate solution is african unity.

it's no joking matter!

posekyere said...

Hi Novisi,

Sorry for my late response.
African unity is a reasonable goal, but the countries in the continent that seem to be doing well are not really keen on uniting with their struggling neighbours.
Most of them are scared that the turmoil in their neighborhoods will be exported to their towns and cities and also,of course, they don't want to be responsible for something they didn't cause in the first place.
Having said that, I think the DRC is such a potentially lucrative country to invest in to the extent that a degree of political risk is worth any attempt to unite with.
Zimbabwe is a different story altogether. The damage caused by Mugabe and his cronies is such that any form of unity is tantamount to political suicide.
It is a terrible mess.