Monday, June 06, 2005

Hungry ghosts


Critics of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Sunday called for a two-day "stay-away" protest later this week after a police crackdown demolished thousands of illegal homes, shops and markets across the country.....

"This is to send a message to the government that it is causing human suffering and misery to the population through mismanaging the economy," Madhuku told Reuters.

"Instead of addressing the key issues, they are just consolidating their power."

Police have warned they will stop any overt demonstrations against the clean-up campaign, which a U.N. official on Friday estimated has made 200,000 people homeless since it was launched two weeks ago......

Critics blame the problems on Mugabe's mismanagement of the economy, while the veteran leader says Zimbabwe is being sabotaged by domestic and foreign opponents of his land reform programme which seized white-owned farms to give to landless blacks.

As I wrote to the WaPost yesterday: If these people flee to rural areas, it will be easier to hide deaths from the man made famine caused by Mugabe's policieis...

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