And you know there is absolutely nothing going on in government, when the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s lead news item is Mugabe’s supposed grand welcome upon his arrival in West Africa. ZBC reported that ‘the welcome and reception received on his recent visit to Mali is clear demonstration that he indeed is a revered and iconic statesman in Africa.’
When actual icons – such as Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa – are cheered all over the world, it is hardly news. It is normal, like sunrise and sunset, or a hump on a camel. The fact that ZBC makes a big deal of this ‘warm welcome’ raises doubts.