Why have I been posting so much about Zimbabwe? One reason is purely dramatic. What’s been happening in Zimbabwe the past few months is one of the world’s great political narratives.
The Washington Post yesterday published a fascinating report peeking behind the closed doors of President Robert Mugabe and his ruling party, Zanu-PF.
According to the Post, Mugabe was ready to announce his surrender of power after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai received more votes in the presidential election in March.
But Gen. Constantine Chiwenga (pictured), Zimbabwe’s top military official, told him “the choice was not Mugabe’s alone to make.”
Chiwenga persuaded Mugabe to stand against Tsvangirai in a run-off election... and he said the army would ensure Mugabe’s victory.
At an April 8 meeting, the army’s strategy against the opposition was given a code name: CIBD. That stood for Coercion, Intimidation, Beating and Displacement.
And it worked. The violence unleashed on supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change resulted in Morgan Tsvangirai’s withdrawal from the election.
Robert Mugabe was sworn in for a new term as president last week.
For yesterday’s article, the Post relied on a Zimbabwean reporter who’d interviewed participants in the Zanu-PF planning meetings. That journalist’s name wasn’t revealed “for security reasons.” Clearly, he put himself at great risk to tell this story.
It is worth reading.