Position:Letter to the Editor

Zimbabwe: sanctions vs empowerment

As the date for the presidential election approaches in Zimbabwe, there is great tension in the highdensity suburbs and rural areas. People are being beaten up and all the political parties are denying responsibility. Ironically, they all call for peace in the run-up to the elections, yet their cadres keep terrorising the defenceless.

This election is the most crucial in Zimbabwe's post-independence history. An uncertain future lies ahead of the country after the election. A Zanu-PF victory may mean more complaints from the MDC, and violence may erupt as a result. An MDC victory may also bring more violence with Zanu-PF supporters alleging that the country has been returned to the colonialists.

The opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, seems to identify with anything anti-Zimbabwean given his recent appearance on BBC whilst in South Africa, asking for the South Africans to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe because of the "breakdown of rule of law" and the "threat to undermine the election".

That statement was nor very well received back in Zimbabwe. The public castigated Tsvangirai for calling for sanctions against the country he wants to rule. Weird, isn't it?

On the other hand, President Mugabe has the upper hand in that his party's policies are people-centred, especially the land redistribution exercise currently going on which has empowered a lot of Zimbabweans who used to work for the white commercial farmers.

Now Zimbabweans have to choose between a president who always finds solutions in sanctions against the country he wants to rule, and one who empowers the people with the most wanted natural resource -- land.

Godfrey Mukokeri

Ruwa, Zimbabwe

'We support Mugabe'

We declare our support for President Mugabe, his government and the people of Zimbabwe. Theirs is a justifiable struggle to repossess their God-given inheritance.

We are appealing, therefore, to Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and Bakili Muluzi of Malawi not to betray mother Africa. They should resist being corralled into an agenda that sustains modern-day slavery under neo-colonialism.

We are also condemning strongly the interference in Zimbabwe's sovereignty through threats and intimidation by the Anglo-Saxons. If they were for democracy, they couldn't have created -- from the onset when they were the undisputed masters of Rhodesia -- the social conditions that have precipitated this entrenched crisis.

We, therefore, see them as having nothing constructive to offer Zimbabwe but to destabilise the country in favour of their kith and kin. And this is sheer racism.

Murugi Maina

Pan-African Reparations Movement (K)

Nairobi, Kenya

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