There are some people that you just have to admire, and Morgan Tsvangirai is one of them. Only a fool would run against Robert Mugabe, it is akin to volunteering to run against Stalin. Tsvangirai knows he is in for a tough time, and we are not talking mud slinging, he may very well lose his life in this election.
The phrase hiding to nothing just doesn’t quite cover it, but that is precisely what it is. His arrest recently and him being banned from campaigning is just the start, and he knows it, he has been here before. The intimidation, the beatings and whatever else that Mugabe has in store, Morgan Tsvangirai has decided to go through it all again, even though the votes have already been counted and headlines already been written. Mugabe will not allow Tsvangirai to win, but still he campaigns, you have to admire his pluck.
At 56 he’s no spring chicken, you’d think he’d have given up and made the best of the years he has left and no one would blame him, he’s lucky to be alive. In 1997 three of Mugabe’s pals popped round to see Tsvangirai in his office and engage in a spot of defenestration, fortunately for Morgan, he’s not a small bloke.
He got a serious beating last year and would probably have been killed had not Edward Chikombo smuggled out some footage of Morgan in a brutalised state. Mugabe thanked Edward Chikombo for bringing it to the worlds attention, by having him abducted and executed.
It’s easy for us in the west to sit back and shake our heads over the situation in Zimbabwe, but there are people like Edward Chikombo and Morgan Tsvangirai that are risking their lives simply by opposing Mugabe. 43 opposition activists have been killed since March. Yet despite the danger they still carry on.
They won’t win, and they know it, but they are vainly hoping that someone, sooner or later will step in and sort this mess out and help Zimbabwe get back to how it was. Unfortunately I think that the Mugabe opposition are a little optimistic. The only help they are going to get is a few stern words about Mugabe’s actions.
Proof is in the recent attack on British diplomats, Miliband responded by saying:
“We have to be concerned obviously about British staff, but we also have to be concerned that intimidation does not become the order of the day in the run-up to 27 June.”
What a toothless Lion we have become. Britain has a responsibility to Zimbabwe, after all as Mugabe said in his speech at the UN food summit in Rome, Britain is the former colonial masters, and we are displeased with the current master, the man that Britain helped put in charge.
Many Zimbabweans were born when Zimbabwe was under British rule, we are not talking colonial times here, but the 1980s. Britain needs to take action, we have far more of an obligation to bring about regime change in Zimbabwe than Iraq, yet Britain does nothing.
It is the fear of being labelled imperialist, colonialists that stays the Government hand I am sure, but I don’t think many Zimbabweans would say that things were worse under the British than they are today. Many are probably asking or praying that Britain invades.
If the British Government was waiting to see if Mugabe could be voted out democratically, then they are deluding themselves, as the recent banning of aid workers and the banning of opposition rallies has proven. Mugabe is not going to release his grip on Zimbabwe. The beatings and the killings have no doubt already begun, and Mugabe has made sure that no one outside of Zimbabwe is able to witness his re-election campaign.