June 27th, 2008
09:41 AM ET

Notes from inside Zimbabwe

Maurice Gerard
Blogging for The Spectator

Driving to Harare down acacia-lined highways from Zimbabwe's border post at Victoria Falls and the casual visitor could almost mistake the country for being normal albeit with occasional touts peddling black market luxuries like Coke and diesel fuel in rural lay-sides. In the run-up to Friday's poll Zimbabwe has become a hybrid country, oscillating between queasy tranquility and sporadic outbreaks of extreme violence. Some areas, such as Matabeleland, home of the fiercely anti-Mugabe Ndebele people, have almost escaped the political violence altogether. One Bulawayo resident, an Ndebele, reasons as such: "Beating us delivers nothing for the government. We might be bloodied but will not vote Zanu-PF. Bobo [Mugabe] knows that its useless to target areas that have never voted for the government in the first place."

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Zimbabwe
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Lilibeth

    The report was great, but more importantly, what are we doing about it?

    June 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  2. Mike in Zimbabwe

    James McGee is just fine as the US ambassador, thank you. He is a refreshingly brave and pro-active man who doesn't conform to diplomatic niceties.

    June 28, 2008 at 7:42 am |
  3. Oscar

    Just so sad and the USA will just let it happen because they have nothing we want. I sure if they had oil fields Bush would have felt the need to invade there lands and give them a new government in the name of freedom.

    June 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  4. Michael Grinberg

    Hilary Clinton should be designated as Ambassador to Zimbabwe.

    June 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  5. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Even though our options aren't that great for the elections in November–the candidates were ligitimately selected and we'll be following a democratic process. Nobody will have to threaten us to vote, nor threaten us if we don't vote. Even with the limited options we have for President–it's nice to know both of them want to continue the democratic process and abide by our nations constitution.

    Where is the U.N. when you really need them?

    June 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  6. Cindy

    Thanks for the article and look inside of Zimbabwe. It seems that these people are damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they try to go against Mugabe then they get beat and tortured and if they do nothing then he still reins supreme and gets to be the tyrannical ruler that he is.

    @ 360

    I saw the Zimbabwe report in hour two last night. It was great! I just can not believe the horrific things that Mugabe and his henchmen are doing to their own people just to stay in power! The images that were shown were just horrifying to see. To burn, torture or kill anyone is so unacceptable. I just don't see what we can do to stop it! Why can't the UN step in somehow! Yeah..I know that's asking a lot seeing they don't do much to begin with! But something should be done to help those poor people!

    I really don't see a way to get Mugabe from power short of somone
    assassinating him unfortunately!


    June 27, 2008 at 9:58 am |