Friday, June 16, 2006

Only Mass action will shift Mugabe

Without opposition-led mass action, Mugabe will not shift an inch...
The leader of the mainstream opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, last week unveiled what he said was a road map to ending Zimbabwe's unprecedented political and economic crises.

The road map includes demands that Mugabe accept a new Constitution and that he step down for a transitional government to take over and organise fresh elections under international supervision. The MDC, in alliance with national civic society, will resort to mass action if the 82-year-old president refuses to accept its demands, according to Tsvangirai.

But University of Zimbabwe political-science lecturer and Mugabe critic John Makumbe says the veteran president will "definitely ignore" the demands by the opposition and its civic allies unless they first demonstrate on the ground through nationwide street protests that they wield enough power to endanger his government....

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