Moves by the former ruling party to play down the attacks claiming the individuals who criticized the facilitator did so in their personal capacities are not convincing because the regime has not dissociated itself from other similar attacks on local and foreign leaders by the same people. A typical example is how the State-owned media and the presidents spokesman, as well as army of propagandists, take turns to pour scorn on MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai.
Zanu (PF)s damage control on SADC and President Jacob Zuma is insincere and just too little too late. It is a regrettable climbdown after soul searching and realizing how the regime has committed political suicide at the click of the mouse thanks to the internet and the partys laisez-faire approach.
It is insulting publics intelligence for the regime to try to split hairs when the Supreme leader is the one who started it all and his followers were only lending him a hand in his attacks on a fellow African leader and regional body.
There is no way SADC and indeed Zuma should have been treated so badly by a regime that has lost friends through out the world.s
The admission by Zanu (PF) Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi that there were attacks but only that they were not coming from the government shows the regime knows how much harm was caused.
With increasing international isolation regionally and overseas, Zimbabwe is fast coming to terms with the limits of behaving like a pariah state and the risks of treating other world leaders and their representatives with contempt. One important point though is that no matter how much the regime will try to pull wool on the publics face, the damage has already been done. – [email protected]Post published in: News