As Zimbabwe edges close to the runoff presidential vote on 27 June, one can not wonder if that day will arrive anytime soon for millions of Zimbabweans. It is interesting how news just switches all of a sudden. In the last few weeks, all eyes were on the xenophobia attacks in South Africa but now a bit of the spotlight has been taken off South Africa now that the xenophobia attacks have eased down and instead the focus is back on Zimbabwe.
It all started when opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai was detained at a road block in Zimbabwe on his way to a rally. He was held for a few hours at the road block by the police and it is reported that South Africa president, Thabo Mbeki had to call the Zimbabwe authorities and ask for Tsvangirai to be released. If this is true, is Mbeki that powerful in his role as mediator that he can dictate such terms to authorities in Zimbabwe and they listen? If that is the case, and he has so much influence, then why has he let the Zimbabwe situation spiral out of hand like it has done now? The only answer to that is; President Mbeki maybe supporting Mugabe.
Now yesterday, British and American diplomats in Zimbabwe were stopped by authorities in Zimbabwe and held for questioning when all they were simply doing was going to visit those who have been affected by the political violence spreading across Zimbabwe. As expected, the British and American authorities are not happy at all and this brings me to the headline of this post; War about to start in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe probably knows that he has no chance of winning the presidential runoff election on 27 June so what can he do so that he remains in power? Start a war! Mugabe seems to be pushing peoples buttons and wanting to get a reaction out of them. He has done just that by holding up the British and American diplomats and he has gotten a reaction out of them. British and American authorities have been quick to come out and question why their diplomats were detained. Imagine one British or American diplomat is killed right now in Zimbabwe, what would the repercussions be? As we have seen with Iraq, the Americans and British are very quick to attack!
What could possibly be ideal for Mugabe is for there to be an uncontrollable state of turmoil in Zimbabwe and hope that there is so much chaos that the runoff vote can not be held. If there is no election then he remains in power. By continuing on with the violence on opposition party members, he is probably hoping that the opposition will react and start to fight back and thus create upheaval. One can only take so much pain and suffering before they react. Zimbabweans have been very calm over the last 8 years with regards to what is happening but I think they are getting to that stage where they say, ‘Enough is enough!’