Mugabe and his excesses

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Rob Good (Puntiki) has an excellant article on Murderous Mugabe and his insane wife.

It got me thinking and I rembered I had read an article on RealClearPolitics about this mental case. At the time, I thought this is interesting but it was just at the end of the election and nobody would have given a shit, so I didn’t blog it.

For that I apologise….see Jordan, not that hard to do is it.

So in order to avois navigating RealClearPolitics maze of fantastic articles, here it is in it’s entirity.

Thursday, September 22
WRETCHED MAN, FECKLESS BODY: Robert Mugabe is at it again. Just days after attending the U.N.’s 60th General Assembly meeting New York where he shamelessly lectured others about pursuing reforms that are “open, transparent and consultative,” Mugabe sent his goons to finish the job of confiscating land from Zimbabwe’s white farmers:

“In what appears to be the start of the final clearance of Zimbabwe’s remaining white farmers, Mr Mugabe’s security forces launched a dawn raid yesterday, firing automatic weapons against Mr Wilding-Davies, his white farm manager and a neighbour in Chipinge, south-eastern Zimbabwe.

The operation followed Mr Mugabe’s alteration of the constitution last month, for the 17th time since independence from Britain in 1980. He nationalised all white-owned land and prevented white farmers going to court to challenge seizure of about 22 million acres.

Under Mugabe’s disastrous reign Zimbabwe has lost more than a third of its national economy in the last three years. Unemployment is currently at 70%. Between 1994-2003 the country’s weighted average annual rate of inflation was 314.66 percent. Even by the miserable standards of economic basket cases across the African continent, Zimbabwe consistently ranks as one of the very worst.

Just a few weeks ago Mugabe flew into a rage when aides presented him with a bailout offer from South Africa because the loan was conditional upon Mugabe doing the following: 1) entering into talks with the political opposition, 2) repealing a series of repressive laws and 3) implementing economic reforms. Mugabe “humiliated” his aides, rejected the offer, and came up with Plan B to pay the money owed to the IMF – steal it:

“Sources in Harare said that the Reserve Bank raided the foreign currency accounts of exporters, seizing american dollars and paying for them in the worthless local currency. One mining company is reported to have lost £5 million.”

Mugabe’s sinister coup de grâce, of course, was his order this past May to begin bulldozing the homes of the poor surrounding Harare. Operation Murambatsvina (translated to “drive out rubbish” or “clean up the filth”) displaced an estimated 200,000-300,000 Zimbabweans, some of whom were placed inside barbed wire “holding camps” outside the city where they underwent “political re-education.”

Naturally, human rights groups around the globe were outraged. The strongest words of condemnation, however, came from the United Nations which issued a statement calling Mugabe’s policy “a new apartheid.”

Naturally, Mugabe ignored the U.N.

And naturally, in a fitting symbol of the fecklessness and moral bankruptcy of the organization, just weeks later the United Nations let Mugabe take the stage in New York and call on the international community to:

“remain true to the original principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter to achieve peace, security and development. This will allow us to bequeath the future generation with a far safer, prosperous and stable world.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.