Thursday, July 24, 2008

Nervous Mad Bob backs down

Don’t hold your breath about these 'talks' but nice to see Tsvangirai getting one over on the demented coot.

Doesn't the old f**k shake hands like a nerdy sissy?


Mad Bob backs down and agrees to have the talks in Pretoria, not Zimbabwe - but wait, isn't he the 'El Presidente'?

The world has Mpeki by the balls and he'd better deliver something.


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Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe agreed to hold talks about sharing power.

The deal brokered by South African President Thabo Mbeki commits Mr Mugabe to ending the violence which has wracked the country since March. Attacks by militias loyal to the ruling Zanu-PF party have killed dozens of opposition supporters, injured thousands and sent tens of thousands fleeing from their homes.

Mr Tsvangirai, who leads the Movement for Democratic Change, also insisted that the talks starting be held in Pretoria.

Mr Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 28 years since independence and last month declared election victory, appeared nervous at yesterday's ceremony in Harare.


Head bent and looking beaten as he stood beside a beaming and jubilant Mr Tsvangirai, Mr Mugabe never once looked at his rival.

Mr Mbeki shrugged off criticism that he had been too slow in acting on the crisis.

Mr Mugabe, 84, was once revered for leading the seven-year bush war to oust the white-minority government that ruled the former British colony. But the country descended into chaos in 2000 when Mr Mugabe set loose "war veterans" from his ruling Zanu-PF party to violently invade farms owned by white settlers.

Most of the land went to ministers and generals and was left to lie fallow. Zimbabwe today is an economic disaster zone with an official inflation rate of 2.2 million percent and 80 per cent unemployment.

In March, Zimbabweans elected the most opposition members to parliament ever. In the presidential election, Mr Tsvangirai garnered the most votes but not enough to win outright. Mr Tsvangirai, 56, pulled out of the June run-off against Mr Mugabe, citing escalating state-sponsored violence against his supporters.

Mr Mugabe declared victory, though the one-man poll was a sham.
The deal commits Zimbabwe's leaders to creating a "genuine, viable, permanent and sustainable solution" within two weeks. (two weeks...?)

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