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All Should Support Talks

ZIMBABWE’S talks should be supported by all and sundry.


Unfortunately it does not seem like there is some sense of hope for Zimbabwe among many political commentators and analysts.

There is so much denigration of the talks in South Africa. What I sense is a spirit among many that the troubling conditions can only get worse.

Firstly, I do not think that the negotiators in Pretoria are anything less than those that constituted the Kenyan dialogue (which included all those who own democracy).

People like Raila Odinga seem to think that they have authored a GNU model for Africa –– far from it. No one wants a model that develops in a pool of blood and perfected around a white clothed table.

(How much I wish Zimbabwean politicians should do everything that distances them from Odinga’s loud diplomacy.)

My point is –– Zimbabwean negotiators must be credited with some intelligence which allowed them to craft constitutional ammendments that made it difficult for anyone to rig the March 29 elections. The same talks are the ones which limited presidential appointees to parliament.

My second point is that there are political players out there who have been wounded by their exclusion from the Zimbabwean talks, especially those from the “best” side of the world.

In their frustration they have taught our “journalists” to embrace meaningless jargon such as “quiet diplomacy”. Most writers have frozen their real understanding of the term diplomacy which actually represents what is happening in South Africa.

Talking about terms, people should be reminded that the same people are the ones who yesterday called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”!

Do we realise that this is the same term that is used for Bin Laden? How do we reconcile this?

Please give African diplomacy a chance, even if you decide to call it “quiet or loud”.

Time will come when Zimbabweans will be proud of having concluded a deal good for their country’s future. I am praying and hoping that the day comes sooner than later.

Third! There are people in this world who are not happy that the MDC did not choose the war path. In Zimbabwe I pray for, and I see a realistic opportunity for opposition to attain power –– without a civil war. In Africa we (all countries) are all on the same journey towards attaining democracy.

I say democracy is a journey because African countries are barely 50 years in independence yet they have accomplished so much which the “perfect models” have failed in a couple of centuries.

And as we set out to democratise our continent we suffer from stumbling blocks which include unfair interventions such as the one that produced the “GNU model” in Kenya.

Jacob Maforo,




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