Friday, 13 February 2009
Roy Bennet, a minister nominee, was arrested in the outskirts of Harare earlier today. The former farmer has recently returned from exile to Zimbabwe, and is expected to be appointed as the deputy minister of agriculture by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. However, president Mugabe might have other plans for Bennet, who a couple of years ago stood accused for attempts to assassinate Mugabe. I wont be surprised if the old dictator step up his position(s) and continue to haul any process of change in the country.
With an inflation rate hurdling up towards the 1.000.000.000 % mark, an unemployment rate of 94%, and some five thousand Zimbabweans fleeing the country daily, Zimbabwe is in a desperate situation. Allowing someone like Bennet to take charge of the agricultural sector could improve the situation for the starving population. But that is of course not in Mugabe’s interest. That would reduce his possibilities of blaming the West world, the Whites, the former Colonial rules, and God knows who, for all the bad things that has happened to Zimbabwe.
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