Babies seized by Robert Mugabe's forces as Zimbabwe hounds voters
Scores of children and babies have been locked up in filthy prison cells in Harare as Robert Mugabe, Zimbabweâs president, sinks to new depths in his campaign to force the opposition into exile before an expected run-off in presidential elections.
Twenty-four babies and 40 children under the age of six were among the 250 people rounded up in a raid on Friday, according to Nelson Chamisa, spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Yesterday they were crammed into cells in Southerton police station in central Harare.
âThis is ruthlessness of the worst kind. How can you incarcerate children whose mothers have fled their homes hoping to give their children refuge?â asked an emotional Chamisa yesterday. âIn Mugabeâs Zimbabwe even children are not spared the terror that befalls their parents.â
Cash crisis returns as loaf of bread hits Z$100 million-dollar mark
By Tichaona Sibanda
24 April 2008
Cash shortages and queues are back once again, as the dithering over the presidential result shows little sign of ending. In the meantime the economy continues to flounder, without a leader to take stock of what needs to be done.
Our Harare correspondent Tagu Mukwenyani said the cash crisis has come back to haunt the country because of the massive inflation, despite the Reserve Bank introducing a Z$50 million denomination note in February. In the last week, the price for a loaf of bread has jumped from Z$65 to Z$100 million, while one egg now costs Z$20 million.
âThese are the consequences of a power vacuum currently prevailing in the country. This was the last thing the country needed in an economy whose inflation is hovering above 165,000 percent,â Mukwenyani said.
In the capital Harare , some banks are reported to be running out of cash whilst some are only allowing clients to withdraw Z$30 million per day. People are reportedly spending five to six hours in bank queues â sometimes more.
The countryâs economy has been in free-fall over the last decade. At least 80 percent of the population is living below the poverty line and an estimated three million people have fled into South Africa .
The government has done nothing to deal with these crises, which have been worsened by Mugabeâs refusal to relinquish power, despite his electoral defeat to the MDC. Mukwenyani believes the regime is currently trying to buy time in preparation for a presidential run-off: âItâs shocking that the presidential results are still not out three weeks after the elections, but political analysts believe the regime has tried but failed to change the outcome of the poll,â Mukwenyani said.
Well Zimbabwe may not have oil, but it used to be called the bread basket of southern africa. And currently you can't turn on the news without another report about massive inflantion world wide caused by greater demand for food of all kinds.
Would things be much better under the MDC? Call me cynical but I doubt it. However they certainly can't do a WORSE job and the sooner the near senile old fart is out of office the better.
I was under the impression Zimbabwe was no longer in the commonwealth and even if it was they wanted an end to British rule they got it so now they sort it or should the British sort out everyones problems for them.
I read that Britain is going to request the UN send their soldiers (if this is the right term for it) to Zimbabwe to sort everything out. I hope it doesn't come to it but I can see Britain getting involved and sending in troops to help and we're already too stretched as it is.
I get theyve made their bed and now have to lie in it but everyone deserves democracy and its not the citizens fault their dictatorship government is corrupt and has stooped to new lows. Who steals children to win an election?
The thing to really look out for is how much aid is going to be given to Zimbabwe if that Morgan guy gets to be president.
Logic dictates that the distribution of aid be scrutinized and made conditional on certain terms; however, I think the idealists in parliament might drop the ball on this one in their haste to support democracy.
William Hague talked about getting aid ready so that the country can be helped once Mugabe goes. He did not talk about any kind of measures to stop corruption...
What the.......? But they won't. The most influential country in the region (SA) has a distinct lack of spine. The man is revered as an overhtower of white colonial rule and other African leaders are reluctant to criticise (and most of them are similar despots anyway), so they are hardly in a position to 'sort' him out.
Whats happening in Zimbabwe is the responsiblity of africa. If the British army is sent in, why not ask all the ex white Rhodesians to come back and run things again. I'm sure South Africa would take some notice then.
Uncle Bob Ebagum has probably got loads of 'Stuffed Ballot' boxes hidden away in his garage..... "Heres some I made earlier!" ... If he cannot remain President of Life, then he might, like Idi Amin, make himself King Emporer of Zimbawe...... or else he may just turn up, with all his Zanuf-Pf mates at terminal 5 Heathrow demanding asylum and his Old Age Pension....
Knowing our lot of useless clowns under Pa Mc Hasbean Broone they will probably let Uncle Bob and entourage into the UK. After all, the 'Yuming Rites Act' wil prevent them from being deported...... [only jesting, really!]
I could be wrong but when white rule in Rhodesia ended and they had the first election wasn't there some rather glaring irregularities in parts of the general election that brought Rober Mugabe and ZANU-PF to power? I seem to recall someone on the boards mentioning that the British monitors and government back in London decided not to challenge him on it though as they didn't want to cause a fuss. If that was what happened then we wouldn't be eactly completely blameless.
Mind you even ignoring that don't we owe them a load of development aid that we promised them from when we signed the Lancaster House Agreement?