Saturday, April 12, 2008

Crisis ? What Crisis ?

It all gets rather dispiriting.

With a life expectancy of 37, inflation of 100,000 %, many people surviving on less than $1 a day and a mass exodus to neighbouring countries it would seem to me that Zimbabwe is in crisis.

Add to that the fact that the Presidential election results from a couple of weeks ago seem to have been "shelved" and it doesn't look very good. It seems the people of Zimbabwe voted for change but the current president, Robert Mugabe, doesn't want that to happen.

Zimbabwe's powerful neighbour is South Africa. It seems that South Africa is very reluctant to criticise Mr. Mugabe. South African President, Thabo Mbeki visited Robert Mugabe today and effectively said "Crisis ? What crisis ?".

This is all rather disappointing. It underlines a lack of serious political leadership in Africa and means that the suffering of ordinary Zimbabweans just goes on.

Jokers. Presidents Mbeki and Mugabe enjoy a laugh but life is far from funny for most Zimbabweans.

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