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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mugabe regime tactics

The Washington Post article on Mugabe's tactics is enlightening:

Andrew Makoni, a human rights lawyer who spoke from a police station here Friday night, said police detained 215 people in the raid. He said many were limping or wearing casts from previous injuries as they were sent in small groups to holding cells throughout Harare, terrified of being forced back to the countryside controlled by Mugabe.

"They left their homes because of violence," Makoni said. "And now they are in the hands of police."

Hundreds of riot police were posted at intersections across the city. Empty of people after the raid, Harvest House contained only a few stacked blankets and bloodied bandages. The air carried the stench of urine -- testimony to the crush of refugees that had overwhelmed the building's capacity in recent weeks.

"It was shocking," said Teresa Mano, a witness to the raid. "I saw them shoving injured people into the bus and trucks. They were brutal. Those that refused were beaten by batons. Pregnant women were being dragged to the trucks. There were babies screaming all over the place. You would think they were dealing with hard-core criminals."

Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change, said the raid also may have been an effort to destroy evidence of the opposition victory. In the days after the election, handwritten results for individual polling stations and electoral districts were posted across the country. All were recorded and many were photographed by the opposition party.
Dozens of election officials, along with several journalists, have been arrested and in some cases tortured, according to reports from human rights groups and some published firsthand accounts. Top military and security officials reportedly have taken control of much of the government and have deployed officers across Zimbabwe to coordinate political intimidation and violence.

Mugabe is terrified that the MDC has a massive constituency in Harare - the capital - and that their supporters pouring in from the rural areas will spur a popular uprising and the seizing of the seat of government. If this happened it would leave his ZANU-PF cronies with a few rural areas (the second city, Bulawayo, returned all opposition MPs at the election) and so defeat and a forced exile would quickly follow. The party apparatus seem to be entrenched in the top cadres of the security forces and his hitherto one-party regime is now (if the report is true) attempting to take over operational control of the civil service to ensure they do not recognise any MDC government that may be declared.

And the Mail and Guardian in South Africa reports the opposition supporters may be finally starting to resist:

Human Rights Watch said it had documented a pattern of increasing violence by Zanu-PF militias and the military.

"For example, one MDC supporter from Uzumba, Mashonaland East province, told Human Rights Watch that Zanu-PF militia members had cut off his ear," it said in a press release.

But the organisation also said MDC supporters had hit back.

"For the first time since the post-election crackdown in Zimbabwe started, Human Rights Watch has documented several incidents of retaliatory violence by MDC supporters," said Human Rights Watch, adding the scope of the incidents bears no comparison to state-sponsored violence.


At 27/4/08 2:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Limited entry 2009;The end of open entry for mature students or significantly fewer foreign students with a more manageable limit or quota for mostly Asian and other students from China in particular of say 25-50% and no higher at the University of Auckland!

Mike Moore would be opposed to this sensible suggestion rejecting any limits to growing the massive market under the F.T.A with China.That loophole has already been sealed up with the end of Open entry this year however.So that is why we should not be forced into offering new opportunities to increase the participation of mostly over represented foreign students as a group mostly from China under the new rules for limited entry protecting "minority" students in higher education in a non-formal setting only namely, Farm Gate learning once again.

These sorts of places offer learning before and after school because that is where you are supposed to learn the most from experience or distance learning or even lifelong learning for example.

In other words they are frauds and anti-intellectual and offer very little by way of a real in school type education to foreigners from China.

They might even Trespass you once they have siphoned off your fees and prevent you from sitting your exams or attending lectures by physically banning your arse from the campus like AUSA does to some students who have chosen protest over compliance with mediocrity.

Those who excel today are rarely products of any kind of formal education setting alone whatsoever.They are in effect self educated, and opinionated as well.These people with the courage to speak out for their opinions are the future leaders of tomorrow, and not the puppets of the authorities on campus pulling the strings and manipulating free speech through censorship.So the conventional wisdom of our fourth biggest export earner the $2 Billion a year rip off of unwitting foreigners as Moore and Co like to go on and on about with great foresight (the foresight project?) is really just educating foreign students here only , and it is also to increase their equitable participation in higher education worldwide as an under represented low income group internationally speaking ,to excel in a rapidly expanding, changing faces and the same but not necessarily equally the same globalising world.That should be the framework for the new entrance policies being developed and under current consideration.

Others brag about dropping out or working when some of us have very little choice about attending university when we want to!

The alleged benefits of higher education are expressed in theory like Mike Moores about human capital, and building with an apt surf beach metaphor a knowledge wave economy.

Despite the depth of the 1984 restructuring, Rogernomics wrecked everything ,and the pervasiveness of market forces and dominance of a cult of finance in education circles, which was disastrous; and exemplary learning was occurring only in informal sheds and garages far from the gaze of officials.

This commitment to figuring things out for yourself was the basis for Farm gate intellectuals who are an anarchist utopia in adult education circles , and it seemed as if the authorities couldn't be trusted anymore.Official education was dismissed as irrelevant and largely a tool to perpetuate the privilege of foreign elites from China.

Formal education was deadening oriented towards censorship and frustration through unnecessary degrees of difficulty imposed by technology requirements and the resulting despair and failure of older and more experienced and responsible students or students over 20 years old who got special admission under open entry policies unique to New Zealand; who should still be able to study the old fashioned way through hand written and not typed only essays reading and photocopying books from the library and short loans articles, but rather than encouraging open critical minds for democracy or the ability to flourish in a globalised world we have been lead down the garden path of "false charity or equity" instead?

At 27/4/08 3:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They couldn't wait to chuck the British out and have paid the price.

Exits need to be calm and planned.

Uganda did the same.

At 27/4/08 6:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The brits were no better. They were just slaves to the brits.


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