On air: Six days and counting in Zimbabwe

The waiting goes on, and so do the list of vital questions. The MDC wants international assistance in protecting its supporters, its staff and the democratic process. Do you want your country to get involved?

President Mugabe is reported to be considering whether to enter a run-off for the Presidency, to declare victory or accept defeat? What advice would you give him? And does a run-off seem like fair outcome to you?

37 Responses to “On air: Six days and counting in Zimbabwe”

  1. 1 John in Germany
    April 4, 2008 at 14:48

    Hello Ros.

    As a Ex-Pat(i hate the term) I would like both of my countries to help in Zimbabwe. Britain, and Germany, but i m afraid it will just be verbal.

    All it needs is our SAS lads and determined targets, but that’s just wishful thinking. And help from other African Countries will not be forth coming, Like mushrooms, a few obvious on top, and a complicated intricate network underneath, spreading all over the place, but perfectly connected, and ensuring the survival of those on top.

    Best wishes
    John in Germany

  2. 2 eric aka eks321
    April 4, 2008 at 14:52

    mugabe is unrepentent communist. he will never allow anyone else to rule zimbabwe. the world can not do anything short of a military intervention to pry him from power. his cadre has control all the levers of power, so the poeple have no ability to change anything. the world community’s sanction regimes have done nothing to force mugabe to relinquish control. the people starve, but the zanu-pf party members still live lives of luxury. the two hopeful developments are that zanu has lost control over parliment anf that president thabo mbeki of south africa is talking behind the scenes with mugabe. mbeki is perhaps the only individual in the world who can convince mugabe that his legacy as a “freedom fighter”and liberator is more valuable than the rule he continues that will propel him into the pantheon of tyranical dictators who valued power over the people’s good. the world should keep the diplomatic pressure on and support mbeki’s efforts. however, if all else fails a world military option should not be taken off the table., because the current human disaster in zimbabwe can not be allowed to continue too much longer. zimbabwe can not become the next sudan.

  3. 3 John van Dokkumburg
    April 4, 2008 at 15:07

    What do we believe .. the thing of control we suppose to believe … then we can wait,
    But as we know and If a dictator oppressiors the judictery system than there is not a transparant selfcontrolled democratie for us and people within our outside the country dont have to lay down there hope for getting a reason because that comes automaticly from a tought of selfprovocable delay .

    Concluding that the president still was, still is and shall be on post, illegal ! so there can not come mercy but he shall do the slavery for black our white .

    A Liar for the futher he was but peace is still upon his way if he obays !

  4. April 4, 2008 at 16:52

    My advice to Mr. Morgan Tvsangirai is to forget about getting any help from African leaders if he is to succeed in getting any redress to the electoral crisis in Zimbabwe. As far as I am concerned, the hands of majority of African leaders are not ‘clean’ when it comes to transparency and democracy while the West is only concerned about its interests (White farmers). So the best thing for him is to talk sense into Zimbabwean security forces so that they should not develop heavy handed tactics against him, and then afterwards he should use ‘people power’ to evict Mugabe from power. When all is done and dusted, the hypocritical international community will applaud him for being a hero!

  5. April 4, 2008 at 17:55

    Let the people of zimbabwe deny President Robert Mugabe of holding on to power. Mugabe is too old to rule a nation, let him go home and sit with his grand children. Bravo MDC.

    Amjad Sonnie

  6. 6 Issa
    April 4, 2008 at 18:10

    Very short: Go Mugabe, go !!!

  7. April 4, 2008 at 18:23

    Why is the international community so soft on Mugabe? It’s almost very clear that Mugabe has been defeated, yet he wants to cling to power. For one full week, the government has deliberately refused to release presidential election results, in what clearly looks like a strategy to provoke opposition supporters to go to the streets so that Mugabe can declare a state of emergency. Zimbabweans have suffered a lot. If Mugabe decides to use force to remain in power, the international community, especially the U.S., Britain and France, must resort to military action. These demagogues mustn’t be allowed to continue visiting suffering on hapless Zimbabweans.


  8. April 4, 2008 at 18:23

    My names are Bethwel Jackson, Kenyan student at the University of Bucharest Romania.

    It was wrong for Zanu-PF administration secretary Didymus Mutasa to claim on Thursday that Zimbabwe will not go the Kenyan way because Kenyans never fought for their independence as Zimbabweans did. This man should know that kenyans struggled and mant people were killed whilke fighting for their independence. That was abuse of the highest order and he should stop comparing kenya with Zimbabwe.

    Didymus should be made to understand that Kenya’s post election clashes had nothing with independence but the issue lied with the electoral process just like what is going on in his country.

    He should instead concentrate on issues affecting Zimbabwe elections at the moment instead of talking about Kenyans who have already solved their problem.

  9. April 4, 2008 at 19:26

    Which of the leaders of Africa should speak to the tyrant Mugabe – Kibaki, Museveni, Deby of Chad, Yaradua of Nigeria? Thease people do not know how to rule. It is time to send the F16 and oust this dictator.

    Mathew, USA

  10. April 4, 2008 at 19:27

    I think that Robert Mugabe is greedy and selfish. The AU should intervain to prevent civil war.

    Michael in Accra

  11. April 4, 2008 at 19:27

    Mugabe is designing the face of Africa which can be identified by other continents.

    Abdulmalik in Nigeria

  12. 12 Royston Roberts
    April 4, 2008 at 19:28

    hi ros, the issue in zimbabwe is not only blowning out of proportion, but also portraying he weakness, undemocratisation and selfishness of the au, un, sadec, and the entire international community boiled in one pot, ros, let mugabe knows that he is an unwanted quantity in zimbabwe, due to the misrule and misery he has plunged his country in. so my advice to you all the international community is, please listen to voice of the people of zimbabwe and defend their votes, and prevent an other kenya.
    Royston Roberts
    Freetown, Sierra Leone

  13. April 4, 2008 at 19:31

    Mugabe is a hero gone to zero. He has made us suffer he is no good to us. He must go NOW!


  14. April 4, 2008 at 19:32

    Once an honourable man becomes a Beast, he loses his honour. This Mugabe guy became a Beast years ago. He will go down in history as a man of 5 minutes of worthfulness, then years of horror and “The Beast”….and finally wind up as a laughing-stock and an idiot in the eyes of posterity. Problem now, is somehow to get the dirty monster out of the way with as little damage as possible. THAT……is not going to be easy…

    Banks Amsterdam

  15. April 4, 2008 at 19:33

    Mugabe should emulate Kaunda & leave office. It’s not his exclusive preserve. The messiah psyche is not helping his people anymore.


  16. 16 Daniela
    April 4, 2008 at 19:35

    Would it be possible for the ANC to send troops to Z. to prevent the almost inevitable bloodshed?

  17. April 4, 2008 at 19:38

    All African leaders should put pressure on MUGABE to vacate his seat immediately. They should not wait until peace-keeping force is needed in Zimbabwe beMugabe should be ousted the Saddam Hussein’s way. Give Bush his last chance to prove that war is another form of diplomacy.

    Moses, Kisumu, Kenya

  18. April 4, 2008 at 19:38

    America,Britain and their boot-lickers should stop inciting zimbabweans into violence the way they did and even funded in Kenya.


  19. April 4, 2008 at 19:39

    Mugabe is no different from Saddam Hussein I will support the USA, NATO going in and crushing the old fool.

    Musukwa from Zambia

  20. April 4, 2008 at 19:40

    African leaders are greedy, self-centred and wicked. Mugabe pls give way for change in Zimbabwe and allow democracy run it’s course.

    Nnamdi from Nigeria

  21. April 4, 2008 at 19:41

    Shame on those say that Zimbabwe should be left alone. When things get worse, we begin to blame Britain and USA for nothing.

    Isaac in Bo, Sierra Leone

  22. April 4, 2008 at 19:43

    The vote of the Zimbabwean will count for them,if they choose Mugabe that is their choice, nobody will dispute that.

    Tobias in Nigeria

  23. April 4, 2008 at 19:50

    Mugabe should know that if he refuses peaceful change he makes violent change inevitable!

    Seun in Nigeria

  24. April 4, 2008 at 19:54

    My president should tell President Mugabe to vacate the presidency. Simple and short.

    Conrad from Ghana

  25. April 4, 2008 at 19:54

    It’s a pity our leaders do not stand up for what is right. I guess they fear being in the same position as Mugabe and would not want others to say anything.

    Adedayo from Kaduna, Nigeria

  26. April 4, 2008 at 19:55

    If mugabe wants to use force to remain in power, then the military force should be used to flush him out of that seat.

    Kennedy in Zambia

  27. April 4, 2008 at 19:55

    Mugabe has Losed the election otherwise the results would ve been announced. This happened to us and we would not want to see this again in africa. Could the international community intervene?

    Solomon in Kenya

  28. April 4, 2008 at 19:58

    The UN should send forces to oust Mugabe.

    Muhammed in Ghana in Ghana

  29. April 4, 2008 at 19:58

    Can’t the west leave us alone?


  30. 30 John in Germany
    April 5, 2008 at 12:36

    Hello Anonymous.

    To date no one from the West has tried to interfere,except for a few kindly words, it seems however that you appear to tolerate, an old man that has turned Zimbabwe into a none functioning country. You have an inflation rate so high that the normal person cannot exist, and you tolerate this……You need help, if it could come from Africa it would be fine, but after a whole week of tactical delay in announcing the Presidential election results, with the so called lieutenants propagating all sorts of excuses, whilst trying to find out how to fiddle the results. Not one African leader has been reported to have said MUGABE get your act together and do the decent thing PUBLISH THE RESULTS, and if not what are you covering up??. Ravens don’t pick each others eyes out do they?.

    No one says go away when help is offered from the west, to feed the hungry, provide medical attention for the sick, and ensure a future for the children, then the west is welcome. Have you ever thought that there is hunger, and starvation in the west, and that a lot of people are fed up with giving, No not because they have no sympathy, or are no longer charitable-but because they a sick to the teeth of seeing your leaders living in the lap of luxury, and flaunting there riches,keeping well equipped so called security forces(who arrest western journalists, and search opposition offices), when the western givers are some times on the bread line themselves.

    Thousand come from African countries to get a new start in the West, They don’t go hungry, of course some are sent back, then our coffers are not over flowing. That is considered as being our duty, do you know what our health services pay for the treatment of immigrants who have never contributed to our health insurances, our contributions are raised yearly to cover these deficits.

    You have the right to hide behind your anonymity, but please think before you write.

    John in Germany.

  31. 31 Daniel Platt
    April 5, 2008 at 17:16

    I saw the BBC interview with the Ambassador from Zimbabwe. I would say that at this point, the BBC is in fierce competition with Hitler’s propaganda machine, for the most blatant, shameless, vile and egregious use of the news media for propaganda purposes.

  32. 32 John in Germany
    April 6, 2008 at 08:47

    Morning Daniel

    That is one of the risks that one takes when providing air space for people that have no respect for anything.

    Trouble is they are the first to cry the BBC is biased, we can get no air time ,and they complain about us. That is the problem with democracy it has to be fair, and even to the point of allowing big mouthed propagandists a say. To be fair he would be in trouble at home if he had not used the opportunity. That is the whole point, such people have no respect for their own. And it is amazing how people disappear in non DEMOCRATIC countries, never to be seen again.

    Slowly and surely the truth is creeping out, increased military presence, still no election results /presidential. The big bang is going to come, Got help Zimbabwe, it is already beginning to smell of civil war. Let us hope the West steps in before it is to late, and stops the cancer before it spreads.

    John in Germany

  33. April 7, 2008 at 14:44

    The USA should not intervene in Zimbabwe although I would welcome such an intervention in the US Election Process. I am doing my part by publicizing the elections and the situation of Zimbabwe in my blog. If there must be some form of intervention, South Africa can exert pressure on Zimbabwe with FIFA exerting pressure on South Africa to resolve the situation or lose the World Cup for 2010.

  34. 34 john in Germany
    April 7, 2008 at 15:21

    Well now!
    9 days and still going.The judge wont Judge, or he is going to Judge whether he can Judge. The opposition is right, how can you contradict a result that has not been made public.

    We all expected this to happen, everyone hoped it would not, cause we are all OPTIMISTS?. The farms are being guarded in case of a land grab-By Who?.
    Was it not the start of the downfall when the farms were put into the hands of cronies and non farmers.

    We will all be surprised when the results are announced, neck on neck. Sorry we must have a second ballot. Surprise-Surprise where have all the opposition politicians gone. Wow look who has won……………West dont wait to long,please!!. Intervene-Stop them before more lives are lost.

    John in Germany

  35. 35 stopthekilling
    April 8, 2008 at 06:32

    For years Mugabe has been rigging elections. Also he is a proven murderer of thousands and a dictator responsible for thousands of other deaths by starvation & torture caused by him. It is desperately unfair that the world allows this latest election farce to continue.
    He has raped Zimbabwe. Come on UN come to the party or or you going to stand idly by like you did in Rwanda?
    Come on Mr Brown put fairness in place..you have the power.
    President Mbeki its time to act if you love Africa.

  36. 36 John in Germany
    April 8, 2008 at 15:37

    Hello Stopthekilling.

    Thats the way i like it. You’re right, and your request to the UN and Mr Brown is a fair one. Please don’t be disappointed if they wait until it is all to-late, that is the tendency. Its hard to put a cork into a flowing champagne bottle, but easier to put another wire clamp on before the cork springs. Sadly it dont work like that, but you will see, and feel like you will explode because of the non activity of those in power, and capable of helping.
    It makes one wonder, are lives not worth anything?. Do you feel that they all belong to the same club, and just use other doors to get in. Are you frustrated when the people that can help play at politics. there’s a mighty lot of things in this world that deem more important than life. hungry and sick children, and suffering.

    Wish you all the best where ever you may be.
    John in Germany

  37. 37 Tsunami Butler
    April 12, 2008 at 15:43

    This is just yet another example of the Brits trying to seize an uppity former colony by the scruff of the neck, and slap them back into servitude. South Africa will be next; the Empire won’t be satisfied until the entire continent is subjugated, depopulated, and turned into a combination raw materials reserve and tourist zone for white folks, as Cecil Rhodes intended.

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