Is Mbeki priming himself to become Zim president?

2008-08-02 00:00

Just when an “alleged” breakthrough is made in the never-ending Zimbabwe saga, members of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) decide it is time to show their true colours. They decide that they are five-star leaders who deserve five-star treatment by demanding that the R750 000 lodge (however many trillions of Zimbabwe dollars that works out to) that the South African government booked for them is unparliamentary and does not befit their status.

The South African government, whose president doubles as a mediator in that circus, bent over and, we, the tax-paying public, booked them into another facility. Further financial implications are yet to emerge from the presidency.

While self-proclaimed freedom fighters try to protect the Zimbawean people from the wrath, stupidity and paranoia of Robert Mugabe, and have to bear the brunt of his madness, for the MDC to be sipping on imported whiskey and demand mini bars is criminal.

This was an acid test which the MDC leaders failed. Perhaps they should have booked their own lodge. During these hopeless t imes, the hungry families, sick children and jobless millions, whom the MDC claims to represent, cannot even think of such luxury.

Clearly, the MDC will be not better than Mugabe. In as much as Mugabe is not good for Zimbabwe, MDC are not the solution either.

I have watched how President Thabo Mbeki has been praised for arranging talks between the two parties but, as far as I am concerned, there is nothing to celebrate. For starters, Mbeki could have done this a long time ago and is now doing it as a parting shot before he leaves the Union Building.

It will be interesting to see what will come out of the talks and if the two parties will be willing to make concessions, something that is pivotal in talks of this nature. I won’t hold my breath though.

That the two parties could not travel in the same jet goes to show how bad their attitude and approach to the situation is, and this before the talks have even started.

Mugabe wants to be recognised as the rightful president of the country and the MDC do not. Mugabe wants to hand pick the cabinet as well and also wants the land repossession programme to continue and not be reversed.

Zimbabwe does not need Zanu-PF, but neither does it need the MDC. In fact, it does not need party politics but it needs the people of Zimbabwe to rise and look for leaders among themselves, leaders who will be independent yet be in touch with the people.

If I did not know better, I would think Mbeki is positioning himself, or is being positioned by Mugabe, to be the president of Zimbabwe.

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