Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Mugabe’s New Strategy

Now appears to be trying to fix the election just enough to force a runoff. And once they get to a new election, he’ll have time to fix the flaws in his attempt to rig the last one. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. This AP story tends to confirm our suspicions:

“Election observer Imani Countess of the Washington-based TransAfrica Forum told The Associated Press that the most frightening conversation she has had in Zimbabwe was with a senior official of the ruling ZANU-PF party discussing a runoff.

'He was very calm and jovial but made it very, very clear that if there was a runoff, that ZANU would use all the state organs at its disposal to ensure victory, and that is very, very worrisome,' she said.

Countess, whose group promotes Africa's interests in the United States, said the powerful elite that has benefited from Mugabe's patronage since independence from Britain had a vested interest in ensuring he wins.”