Monday, August 29, 2005

Mugabe disses opposition at funeral

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HARARE – President Robert Mugabe on Sunday used the burial of his former air force commander to showcase his disdain of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, labeling them “political stooges, crooks and cowards”.
Addressing thousands of mostly supporters of his ruling ZANU PF party gathered to pay last respects to the late Josiah Tungamirai, who was also a minister in Mugabe’s Cabinet, the veteran Zimbabwean leader said: "Zimbabwe is no home for traitors, for political stooges, for crooks and political cowards."

But the important part is here:

South Africa, fearing Zimbabwe’s collapse would trigger off an immense humanitarian crisis that would spill beyond its northern neighbour’s borders, has offered Zimbabwe a US$500 million bailout loan to pay off its IMF debts and to buy critically needed food and fuel.
But Mugabe rejected a precondition by Pretoria to revive dialogue with the MDC before the money could be released, forcing Mbeki and his government to instead now demand that Zimbabwe undertakes wider and democratic constitutional reforms to address governance problems at the root of its crisis, according to authoritative sources.

I have commented earlier that SA seemed to be oblivious to refugees, and that a further collapse of Zim would affect the SA economy...however, few articles, even in Human rights notes, seemed to stress this, instead mainly stressing political angles...

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