Presidential Welcomes For Tsvangirai All Through Europe
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, takes a walk in Stockholm, flanked by Steve Rylander and Swedish Development Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson. Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and James Maridadi are behind the leaders
The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, was in Sweden yesterday and was received for an audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
The Swedes, though, have remained quite on the subject of the grants and credit lines, which the MDC-PF government needs to ensure its very survival.
At a press conference with the Swedish Prime Minister, Tsvangirai repeated that his government urgently needs direct assistance to the coalition government.
It is looking increasingly like Tsvangirai will come back empty-handed, to face The Solution and try to carry on the fight for control of the levers of power. This will much be harder now, especially since Mugabe has already started asking in private, :What do I need them for?"
That the Prime Minister has been received like a Head of State everywhere including in America is certainly a spectacular slap in the face for Mugabe, whom the Prime Minister says is the solution to our crisis.
But I fear that, though designed to force Mugabe's hand, it may well make him even more intransigent. Silently, as he has been doing over the last four months, he will now sharpen his subterfuge, kidnapping responsibilities and authority left, right and centre.
He may put a brave face on it, but this reception accorded Tsvangirai has wounded Mugabe's pride immensely. Unfortunately, he believes revenge is a dish best served cold and can therefore draw out the process of giving the Prime Minister his comeuppance.
Just watch the steps from now on - they will lead to the High Road.