Latest Photos from Zimbabwe: Here, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, flanked by Tendai Biti and the previously exiled Roy Bennet, announces his party's capitulation to Robert Mugabe's government
The latest news from Zimbabwe today is still about the capitulation of Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC-T to Mugabe's ZANU PF.
A colleague who was speaking to his former workmates in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Foreign Affairs (he retired from Foreign Affairs in the mid-nineties) got a shock from their reponses to the imminent GNU.
He says they told him that the MDC was dreaming if they thought they would get their hands on any substantive government files or even be allowed to conduct any real business.
"Hatimbovapa mafiles edu. Takatoaviga so," they told him. Translated into English for my international readers, the statements says, "We will never give them our files. We have already hidden them."
"Mapurisa, masoja, majudge - vese ndevedu. Vachatonga mhepo" - "The police, the soldiers, judges - they are all ours. They will rule the wind," my colleague was told.
You will recall that during the December 2008 ZANU PF Congress, Mugabe himself, in a widely publicised address to his Central Committee, said, "We will not tolerate any nonsense from our new partners in government. We are firmly in control."
He has also told his Politubro that the MDC is in government only for one purpose: "To clean up the mess they created in our economy by calling for sanctions. That is the only reason we are allowing them to come into government."
Mugabe believes that everyone has a price and claims that he has already read what the MDC price is. He will indeed concede and give away a few governorships and ambassadorial appointments. The idea is to create a legalistic impression that the MDC is in charge of something.
But we all know that the real power in this government still lies with the dictator. You will no doubt also recall an interview sometime last year in which he revealed his political tactics, telling his interviewer from the state broadcaster, "Mupolitics, unoruma, uchifuridzira, uchiruma, uchifuridzira." Translated, he said, "In politics, you tend to bite, and then kiss it better, bite again and kiss it better."
That is Mugabe's modus operandi. The massive crackdown on the MDC support base that we saw in the aftermath of the signing of the agreement, with MDC councillors arrested, activists abducted and charged with plotting banditry as a side business to their full-time jobs, the banning of MDC rallies etc, was the biting bit. He then kissed it better at the 26 January SADC Extraordinary Summit in Tshwane by agreeing to look again at the appointment of governors and coming up with a formula for reallocation of these posts.
The people of Zimbabwe can now judge the March 2008 propaganda for themselves.
To aid this judging, I ask the follwing:
DO YOU NOW SEE WHO IT IS THAT HAS GIVEN YOUR VOTES TO MUGABE?
DO YOU NOW REALISE WHO IT IS THAT WANTED TO HOODWINK YOU BY GETTING YOUR VOTES AND THEN HANDING THEM TO ZANU PF IN ORDER TO ALLOW MUGABE TO CONTINUE AS PRESIDENT?
DO YOU NOW REALISE WHO IT IS THAT HAS ENDORSED IMPUNITY?
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