Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tsvangirai Ventures Abroad Justified?

Just hours after picking up the election victory over the weekend, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai set foot for Europe where he is hoping to hold diplomatic consultations that will help Zimbabwe's tyranny. While the sequencing of his events has been nothing short of brilliant (i.e. going abroad after energizing his parties local spheres,) I'm taken aback at the timing of the trip.

After months of criss-crossing the nation gathering momentum for he dubbed the "winter of discontent," Tsvangirai is leaving the engine unmanned after stoking into life. Several things have happened in Zimbabwe over the last few weeks which in my opinion would have lent themselves malleable as impetus for mass protest. In my young and foolish opinion, now would be the time to strike the match and set the regime asunder because of their calloused temerity.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the economy. The climate in Zimbabwe nothing but disatisfied by the ruling elite's pallid efforts at calming the chaos that is the Zimbabwean economy. With April's inflation figures catapulting Zimbabwe to the heights of global inflation, and parents struggling to send their children to school for the second term (which started two weeks ago), our emaciated economy is at its weekest.

The civic landscape appears primed and ready for countrywide protest. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the umbrella body for Zimbabwe's workers endorsed their leadership late last week. The show of confidence is an indication of of the working class' propensity to follow their leaders should they call a stayaway. Not only is the MDC is a birth child of ZCTU, but Zimbabwe's workers have ground the country to a halt more than once. To date, no other political party, either ruling or opposition, has galvanized public opinion enough to rally the people to hold nationwide protests.

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