I considered Levy Mwanawasa a hero. Someone who saw the old Africa of corruption and worked to change it. On the day he suffered the stroke that would kill him, he was preparing to take on Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and urge Africa’s leaders to stand with him against the tyrant who was [...]
People who read my blog regularly know how closely I follow political events in Zimbabwe — the following is something I thought was worth passing on:
Shiny brown seeds
Dear Family and Friends,
It’s a noisy afternoon as I sit writing this letter. The Msasa trees are throwing out their seeds in preparation for the new season. Every [...]
Zambia’s President Levy Mwanawasa died on Tuesday almost two months after suffering a stoke. Mwanawasa was a new kind of leader who stood up to the likes of Robert Mugabe. He will be buried on his birthday. Mwanawasa was preparing to challenge Mugabe at the African Union meeting in Cairo this [...]
Mugabe doesn’t allow direct communication between Tsvangirai and the people of Zimbabwe — hopefully some of them can access it here.
President Tsvangirai Statement to the People of Zimbabwe
13 August 2008
My Fellow Zimbabweans:
The Movement for Democratic Change has always been a people’s project. We seek nothing but the best interests of the people of our country.
“Mugabe has no respect for the owners of Zimbabwe and deserves no respect in these negotiations. No deal will be clinched by showing him undeserved respect. When he gets angry he is prone to making judgemental errors.
The sooner he is provoked and challenged will he attempt to prematurely terminate the negotiations or give in to [...]
Many of the ruling Zanu-PF leadership are worse than Mugabe. The other problem is that if Mugabe moves to a “ceremonial” role and top members of his regime stay largely in place — the likely outcome would be what Mugabe has accomplished in the past — violence will continue in a targeted way until [...]
In the absence of Zambia’s President Levy Mwanawasa, who suffered a stroke just prior to the recent African Union Meeting in Cairo, Botswana has step in and become the leading African nation standing up to Mugabe.
Announcing it will boycott the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) meeting if Mugabe is invited. This [...]