The situation in Zimbabwe is extremely sad for those who have been following it over the last few years. Robert Mugabe, the dictatorial president who has been in power since 1980 and has stayed in power by rigging subsequent presidential elections. Whilst he has been in power he has enacted unpopular land reforms, trashed the economy which has annual inflation rate in excess of 100,000%, put millions into poverty, committed massive human rights abuses and cracked down on any political opposition and their supporters. The nation once known as the breadbasket of Africa is now facing a chronic food shortage.
On March 29, the country once again heads for the polls, and once again Mugabe and his party Zanu-PF look set to rig the elections, they do this by intimidation of opposition supporters, printing excessive amounts of electoral ballots and having far to little amounts of polling stations in urban areas, meaning that lots of people miss out on voting.
However despite this, there is real belief that change can happen, even Mugabe's strongest supporters are still getting sick of the deteriorating economic and humanitarian, situation which will work into the oppositions favour, some suggest that Mugabe faces his biggest challenge in 28 years of rule. I guess we will have to wait and see, but I really hope that Mugabe's Zanu-PF party is ousted, because only then will the nation of Zimbabwe get back on track.
by morphyoss, obtained via: , March 23, 2008, 3:53pm