President Robert Mugabe managed to wriggle off the agenda at the Southern African Development Community summit in Windhoek on Friday, securing some reprieve – at least for now – from intense regional pressure for him to reform and allow free and fair elections to be held in Zimbabwe within a realistic time frame
President Rupiah Banda talks to President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola and President Ipukefinye Pohamba of Namibia
.The refrain from Tsvangirai and his ill-informed advisers (who are doing him a great disservice) was “we are now fighting from inside and it’s a matter of time before we finish them off”.
zimbabwe was removed from the SADC agenda after SA President Jacob Zuma failed to make it to the summit due to local government elections in his country. It is possible Zuma did not go because the atmosphere in Windhoek was already poisoned and the debate on Zimbabwe would have generated more heat than light.
From a strategic point of view, it would have been unhelpful to allow the discussion on Zimbabwe to be buried under some sludge of emotional rhetoric and confrontation. That way Mugabe would win hands down. That’s what he wants – to derail the debate from the main issues into his favourite terrain: political grandstanding and posturing.
Talking about dissembling and bluster, that’s what Mugabe is exactly doing on the issue of elections. Through propaganda, lies and deception, he has managed to create the wrong impression he wants the elections this year while everybody – including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai – is afraid of the polls.
Mugabe has succeeded in doing all this, courtesy of political myopia and lack of strategic thinking by Tsvangirai and his incompetent advisers. The issue goes back to the Global Political Agreement negotiations in 2008/2009. During the talks, Mugabe asked for …click for more http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article1079127.ece/Mugabe-wriggles-out-of-Windhoek-agenda