Shadow Secretary of State for International Development (letter, May
12) favours pressure on President Mugabe by the G8 summit.
There is no reason why Mr Mugabe should
not turn this perceived pressure from “Western powers” to his own
advantage to win more support from his own people and from other
African states. When we visited Zimbabwe during last year’s election
campaign he was making great capital from British threats, and went
on to do the same thing with the abortive attempt at a cricket
Zimbabwe will eventually get rid of Mr
Mugabe, either due to the natural process of time or through
pressures from internal bodies and from neighbouring states.
Both Malawi and Kenya have replaced
authoritative leaders in recent years without major international
boycotts or interventions.
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