Desperate Mugabe seeks ties with Britain
By Fortune Tazvida
British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has reported that Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe has sought a meeting with the British ambassador to Harare Mark Canning. But the paper says a deterioration in the political situation in Zimbabwe “had scuppered attempts to arrange a meeting.”
Frantic efforts are alleged to be in progress to get Mugabe to meet Ambassador Canning as some in Zanu PF meekly “heap praise on David Cameron and the Conservative-led Coalition.”
Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi was in London this week for a Zimbabwe Tourism function and is reported to have met Henry Bellingham, the junior Foreign Office minister for Africa.
Mzembi one of the few moderates in Zanu PF claimed Cameron had made a positive impression on Zanu PF and described him as “constructive and refreshing” and that Britain had deep, binding ties to his country that could not be wished away.
“I have no doubt in my mind that they find a generational connection with some of us and we must leverage that to advance our own interests,” he said.
Mugabe wants an early election next year but his Zanu PF party structures have crumbled and this past week recruited the army to help build them up. The 86 year old is aware he cannot win a free and fair election and has already begun rolling out his terror machinery of war vets, militia youths and the army.