I am sure most of you would have seen the pictures of Morgan and his
colleagues at Court yesterday. Many people have written to me and said
wept for those involved, I must say I was close, but I was also angry,
In the aftermath we have had about 400 people arrested countrywide,
demonstrations have taken place in London and in South Africa. We have
15 people with bullet wounds and of course the injured detainees in
itself. It is not over yet - on Saturday we bury the young man who
dead by the Police on Sunday and that will be massive.
The list of injuries of those who were detained on Sunday is, frankly,
unbelievable. Morgan is in intensive care as I write, he has a
skull and a deep gash with stitches, and he has internal injuries and
required two blood transfusions this morning. If you were able to see
make that short statement on the Court steps you will have realized
could hardly put two words together.
Sekai Holland, previously an executive member of Zapu and PA to
and Chitepo, now a member of the Executive of the MDC and a grandmother
64 years under her belt, is in hospital, a broken arm, leg and cracked
as well as extensive and deep bruising. Grace Kwinjeh is not much
and had head wounds that required surgery.
Many of the others have broken arms, one has had his foot amputated and
there are many head injuries all with deep bruising and cuts.
You have to work quite hard to do that sort of damage to an adult man
woman. I spoke with Tendai Biti this morning and he said neither he nor
President would be fit to do anything much for a few days. He witnessed
whole beating of Morgan and said that some 14 men and women were
14 to 1, that is a good ratio for cowards, especially when the victim
behind locked doors and no one can get to him to help.
We have one story that says the army did some of the damage - Grace
she was beaten by Army personnel rather than Police. We now wait to see
they are going to do on Saturday when the whole caboodle - I suspect
including the President, will again be in Highfields for the funeral.
Funerals have a special significance in our culture and this is an
that the authorities cannot ban.
A senior journalist in London phoned me to ask, 'Why are they doing
agree, it does not make any sense politically for the regime here to go
overboard to this extent at this juncture. There was no justification
the action or the violence. It has evoked a reaction from the entire
and must have Mugabe’s remaining friends shrinking back as they
the threat of contagion.
The Secretary General of the UN has condemned the regime, Britain has
threatened to try and get us onto the agenda of the Security Council.
Commonwealth has virtually said, 'thank goodness they are no longer
But if they were, they would face our wrath!!' The US, Canada,
New Zealand have all condemned the action of the Harare authorities.
But the question remains, what next? For us on the ground we are going
continue with the struggle to secure our basic rights. It is now clear
this will take more sacrifice as we have seen in the past few days. But
also is not enough.
What is needed is a clear statement on the basic principles that will
lie any future actions and negotiations. The British did that in the
Rhodesia 'No Independence before majority rule.' Simple,
everyone understood what was required.
In our case there is no colonial power - we are a sovereign,
State. This was recognised in the South African statement to the effect
this is a problem for the Zimbabwe people to resolve. Were we doing so
Sunday? Were the authorities doing so when they beat Morgan nearly to
What do we have to do to get to the place where we can decide where we
to go and with whom and how?
I do not think that a solution can be found to the Zimbabwe crisis
there is external intervention. We do not want troops or any form of
military intervention that would be counter productive and futile. What
required is an agreement as to the overall objective and how to achieve
Something like this: -
'It shall be the objective of this exercise to achieve the
Zimbabwe as a democratic State that recognises and observe the rule of
and respects the rights of its people.'
The how to get there is more complex. It is my personal view that we
work within the legal and political framework that has evolved here
past 27 years and allows the March 2008 Presidential elections to take
as scheduled. These elections, to be recognised, must be conducted on
basis of the SADC standards that have already been agreed by member
including us, and must be monitored by the international and regional
community to satisfy the test of credibility for the outcome.
The major political structures in the country would put forward their
candidates for the Presidency and the person who won the election,
then put together a new administration to get us back on our feet and
process of drafting a new national constitution, under way. When that
place new elections can be held and we can then all go back to our
work and resume our normal lives.
We seem to have reached at least one milestone on this road back to
Mugabe has accepted that the presidential elections will be held in
2008 and he has intimated that he would not mind running again. After
what is another 6 years when you are 84?
Bulawayo, 15th March 2007