With the new Zanu PF regime pulling in different directions, there is a growing belief that it is the army that is now in charge in Zimbabwe – and that it is ready to pull the trigger at any provocation.
Whatever the outcome of the MDC’s legal challenge to the microscopic lead declared for Mnangagwa in the presidential election, the army is considered unlikely to allow a handover of power.
The chair of the British all-party parliamentary committee on Zimbabwe, Kate Hoey MP, has called for the dismissal of the Vice-President, General Chiwenga. Ms Hoey, who has been observing the elections, urged the West not to soften its policy towards Zimbabwe in the light of the bloody scenes in Harare.
The Americans, for their part, have been equally outspoken, alarmed by the violence and the treatment of the MDC’s Tendai Biti, illegally bundled out of Zambia, where he had appealed for political asylum.
Is it not strange at this juncture that General Chiwenga has flown to Moscow on a ‘special mission’ to deliver a message to President Putin? What could that be – except help!
Meanwhile Mnangagwa, in an interview with the British Daily Telegraph blames it all on the NGOs and the trouble-making independent press. No doubt he is supported by his fellow travellers in the gutless Southern African Development Community where the Zanu PF virus is increasingly poisoning their own politics.
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- ROHR Central London branch meeting. Saturday 18th August from 11.30 am – 1.30 pm. Venue: Royal Festival Hall. Contact: Daizy Fabian 07708653640, Maxmus Savanhu 07397809056, Sipho Ndlovu 07400566013.
- ROHR beach barbecue. Monday, 27th August. Venue: Frinton Beach CO13 9DN. Food and transport provided. Bring your own drinks. Tickets: £20 adults, £5 children. For more information, contact: Daizy 07708653640, Max 07397809056 and Esther 07492058107.
- ROHR National Executive meeting. Saturday 1st September from 11 am. Venue: The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX.
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- Mike Campbell Foundation – Zimbabwe: rising from the ruins? Tuesday 9th October from 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6 .30 pm). Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Speakers include: Kate Hoey MP (Chair), Ben Freeth MBE, Fergal Keane OBE, Archbishop Sentamu, Chief Felix Ndiweni and Gift Konjana. To book, visit: https://event.bookitbee.com/18402/my-first-event-1347?preview=y
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