Mu­gabe’s ‘tsunami’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“A tsunami has rolled through Zim­babwe, dif­fer­ent from the tidal waves that hit Asia in 2004. Ours came last year, in the form of bull­doz­ers and sol­diers. Vi­brant towns were re­duced to flat and des­o­late grounds. More than 700,000 peo­ple lost­theirhome­san­dliveli­hood.Why?

“Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe thought that the poor peo­ple who lived in th­ese ur­ban ar­eas rep­re­sented a po­lit­i­cal threat. [. . .] So he launched a pre-emp­tive strike against those al­ready suf­fer­ing un­der his poli­cies. He called it ‘Op­er­a­tion Mu­ram­bat­sv­ina,’ lit­er­ally “Op­er­a­tion Clear the Filth’ — the ‘filth’ be­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of Zim­bab­wean men, women and chil­dren who were in­ter­nally dis­placed, many of whom con­tinue to live with­out ac­cess to hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to­day.

“Zim­babwe was once a suc­cess story in Africa, but over his long rule Mr. Mu­gabe has dragged us all down. [. . .]

“Re­spond­ing to the ar­rest and tor­ture of 15 trade-union ac­tivists in Septem­ber, he said ‘some are cry­ing that they were beaten. Yes, you will be thor­oughly beaten.’ ”

Arnold Tsunga, writ­ing on “Yes, You Will Be Thor­oughly Beaten,” Nov. 5 in Opin­ion Jour­nal at www.opin­ionjour­nal.com

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