Apr 22, 2008, 6:42 AM
It seems that true to form, President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party intend to stop at nothing to cling to power. Earlier this month
"As long as he carries on doing that, I will kick him out of the country," Mugabe said of Mr McGee, a Vietnam War veteran. Recently the mutilated body of Tonderai Ndira was found. He was the 43rd Zimbabwean opposition activist to die in violence since elections in March. He was abducted by 10 men armed with revolvers and AK-47s - some of them wore masks. With this kind or terror tactic abounding in the country, it is hardly surprising that the opposition now feels that many of its supporters will simply be too frightened to vote freely in the re-run of the election.
Morgan Tsvangirai's statement that he will take part in the presidential run-off is hardly surprising. Mr Tsvangirai told a news conference in Pretoria, South Africa that if he decided not to take part, his supporters would have felt "betrayed". "I am ready and the people are ready for the final round," he said. In reality many in his own party feel he could pay for his decision with his life as so many of the party faithful have. It is increasingly clear that violence and oppression have replaced democracy in
"Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues."