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I am not too sure of Zimbabwe and the political turmoil there. But, I know Mugabe is a good friend of Mahathir, and in exchanging gifts they are the best of buddies. Some talk of secret funds, maybe Mahathir can clarify, but then in the present he may want to forget that he ever helped Mugabe. A note of interest, exchanging of gifts is reciprocal, er..did we get anything. Punch Cumarasamy can surely comment on this. Legalities is not my cup of tea.

But I like Mugabe’s bargaining, it is like , ‘I committed crimes, good for Zimbabwe, I killed, tortured people and all this was done for the good of the country (inflation 165 000 percent), surely you are not going to imprison me and throw away the keys, where is your sense of human life and suffering, let me run away to Malaysia my good friend the gift man is there, and also I got lot of business connections there’

Anybody in the welcoming party for Mugabe.

Mugabe: I will quit, as long I do not face prosecution

· Opposition in secret talks with president’s aides
· MDC fears refusal of offer will end in emergency rule
Chris McGreal in Harare
The Guardian,
Friday April 4 2008
Robert Mugabe’s aides have told Zimbabwe’s opposition leaders that he is
prepared to give up power in return for guarantees, including immunity from
prosecution for past crimes.
But the aides have warned that if the Movement for Democratic Change does
not agree then Mugabe is threatening to declare emergency rule and force
another presidential election in 90 days, according to senior opposition
sources.
The opposition said the MDC leadership is in direct talks with the highest
levels of the army but it is treating the approach with caution because they
are distrustful of the individuals involved and calling for direct contact
with the president, fearing delaying tactics.
Those fears were reinforced last night when at one point Zimbabwe’s election
commission abruptly halted the release of official results from the
Saturday’s election for “logistical reasons” and the police raided
opposition offices.
The MDC’s presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, has already claimed
victory on the basis of his party’s tally of the count at polling stations.
The police arrested at least two foreign journalists, one from Britain and a
New York Times correspondent, who are banned from Zimbabwe under draconian
media laws.
A senior MDC source said “the ball is rolling” in persuading Mugabe to
recognise defeat in the presidential election after negotiations with the
security establishment and contacts with high levels of Zanu-PF.
The source said the party was approached by senior Zanu-PF officials who
said they were speaking for Mugabe and that he is prepared to resign if
there are guarantees that he and senior aides would not be prosecuted.
He said there were other demands which he did not specify but the approach
was being treated with caution because officials who negotiated for Mugabe
in the past had offered commitments which the president had not fulfilled.
The MDC wants to talk to Mugabe directly.
Another MDC official said the party is maintaining a tough negotiating
stance in contacts with other elements of the ruling party and had refused a
Zanu-PF demand for up to four seats in the cabinet.
He said the MDC had rejected power sharing offers because it had won the
presidential race outright even though the electoral commission has yet to
start releasing results.
“We cannot share power when we’ve won. If you’ve won the cup you don’t share
it,” the opposition official said.
But senior Zanu-PF officials are attempting to pressure the opposition with
the threat of a run-off presidential election by ensuring Tsvangirai’s
proportion of the vote falls below 50% and then delaying the second round.
It should be should be held within 21 days but the ruling party is
threatening to postpone it for three months during which Mugabe’s term in
office would expire and he would extend his rule by emergency decree.
The MDC’s leadership has also opened direct talks with the “top, top” of the
army according to the source.
The source said that the military leadership is looking for “guarantees for
their conditions of service” and to keep farms confiscated from whites
provided they are productive. The MDC said it has no problems with those
issues.
Another MDC source said the party had assured Zanu-PF and security officials
they would not be prosecuted for past crimes.
The opposition believes the approaches mark a recognition by Mugabe that
support for him within Zanu-PF has eroded since the election. Now, important
elements of Mugabe’s party are willing to do a deal because they realise the
election results could not be manipulated to overturn a clear opposition
victory and that there is little hope of winning a second round of
presidential elections without resorting to violence or fraud.
Mugabe’s position was further undermined on Wednesday when Zanu-PF lost
control of parliament for the first time since independence in 1980.
Publicly Zanu-PF has vowed to “fight on” and the opposition said it was
still preparing for a second round of elections if Mugabe did not bow to
pressure to go.
Bright Matonga, Zanu-PF’s deputy information minister, took a defiant
position, saying that the party had “let the president down” by not winning
Saturday’s election.
“Zanu-PF is ready for a run-off, we are ready for a resulting victory,” he
said.
“In terms of strategy, we only applied 25% of our energy into this campaign
… (The run-off) is when we are going to unleash the other 75% that we did
not apply in the first case.”
The MDC fears that what will be unleashed is an extremely violent campaign
because that is its last hope Zanu-PF has of curbing support for the
opposition.

The Zimbabwe Situation

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One Comment

  1. Ha, Plan A how to get Malaysia into trouble – but failed thank God. Remember how Osama Laden was used as an excuse for US to invade Iraq?

    Now what is Plan B sir? For that, we will wait what happens next on Malaysian politics.

    Troule? Sure it will come, wait and see.

    Don’t believe? Then you can quote Angela in time to come, OK?

    Angela


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