One week from today, the citizens of Zimbabwe will cast their votes in a presidential run-off election.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – daring to challenge the 28-year rule of Robert Mugabe – has been subjected to violence and intimidation by Mugabe supporters.
“I think that the world really does have to step in and say: ‘Enough of this.’ ” Those are the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Zimbabwe’s neighbor to the south.
Embedded below is a 9-minute David Frost interview with Archbishop Tutu, shown last week on Al Jazeera English.
The Anglican archbishop doubts that the Zimbabwe election will be free and fair.
He said MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has “the chance of a snowball in hell” to be elected – even though Tsvangirai got more votes than Mugabe the first time around.
Indeed, according to news reports today, Tsvangirai is considering whether to withdraw from this “charade” of a free election.
UPDATE (06/21/08): The Field Negro blogged today about Zimbabwe. “What Mugabe has done to the poor people of Zimbabwe,” he wrote, “is no different than what the evil and unjust regime of Pieter Botha did to the poor black Africans in South Africa.”
The comment thread contains a few sickening apologias of Robert Mugabe by doctrinaire black nationalists. (“He liberated Zimbabwe from the wicked hands of the British!”)
But those apologists, in turn, get chin-checked by more sophisticated thinkers.
It’s an interesting read.