Mugabe's Police Now Appear To Be Fighting Him - Another Bomb Explodes At A Harare Station & Why He Refused A Visa To Kofi Annan
But Mugabe's paranoia has also convinced him that the Elders are the thin end of a wedge. He has said these eminent persons are coming into the country to find a pretext upon which to invite the intervention of the United Nations on humanitarian grounds. It is his fear that they would have come in, taken a look around and then reported a crisis that requires the urgent intervention of the world body. Mugabe is mortified that the US and Britain will use that as a pretext for coming into the country to forcibly eject him from power. The Elder's ill-advised (diplomatically) move to meet with Tsvangirai in South Africa before coming to Harare also made the dictator even more suspicious. They should understand that Mugabe is very, very touchy about the subject of his legitimacy. He wishes eminent visitors to the country to pay homage to him first before the prime minister-designate. To him, this is acknowledgement of the fact that he rules the roost and is the legitimate leader of Zimbabwe. It is this sort of pettiness that is slowly destroying Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai himself, looking to score points, also rashly announced that he would meet the elder statesmen before they come to Harare. He is still runing away from Mugabe and is unlikely to come back into the country soon. He has, according to MDC sources, moved his entire family to Botswana and is now virtually a permanent resident there.
Another bomb exploded at Harare Central Police Station on Thursday night. This is the third bombing of a police station in Harare within about a month. The first bomb, which exploded at the same police station bombed Thursday, was said by the Police Commissioner to be an inside job. This one is almost certainly also the work of policemen, since access to these places is strictly controlled.
Next, Gono's excuses are now getting tired. Nothing is ever this Reserve Bank Governor's fault. His basket of excuses seems to never dry up. But these are now making Zimbabweans sick.They do not eat excuses, nor can they withdraw them from the bank. The latest scapegoats are banks. He was mouthing off yesterday about how the people should now see who the real cause of their financial suffering is, insinuating that it is the banks that are causing the cash crunch in the country.
This is idiotic.
Do the banks set withdrawal limits? Do the banks print worthless money on bond paper? Was it the banks that boasted only three months ago that they would "continue to print money until donkeys grow horns"? We can not be fooled. we know who is responsible and tying to go after the banks will not save Gono's tattered reputation now. He is totally discredited and universally loathed in Zimbabwe. With transport for most workers costing between 500 and 700 thousand dollars for a one-way trip, the Reserve Bank governor is still limiting the banking public to a paltry withdrawal of 500 thousand dollars a day. Is this not a case of forcing people into criminality? How are they supposed to live? Meantime, his own staff are growing fat on this sewage that he is discharging into our country, conniving with criminals to access vastly more than the allowed daily limits. Perhaps the governor should just shut up, because people have long since dismissed his posturing, realising that he treats all of us as if we are idiots who will swallow any tripe he dishes out and refusing to take the responsibility that is rightly his: righting the monetary policy mess that he is dunking the whole nation into daily.
Because Gono is driven around in a State car, never has to queque for anything and is making a killing from his farms, exporting chickens and other foods while elderly widows and widowers in the rural areas eat flies, he is not bothered by any of this. We fail to understand how a man of compassion can still insist that the people should live on 500 thousand dollars a day. How does he expect them to buy food when shops are only demanding cash and wont accept cheques or electronic means of payment? How is a sick person supposed to be treated when the pharmacies are demanding US dollars or Zim dollars cash for payment? One old woman I met at the bank this week asked in all seriousness: "Asi imi mukati Gono haaroyi here?" - "Is Gono not a witch?" It is a valid question.