July 24, 2007

Mugabe challenge

When Robert Mugabe came to power in 1980 the talk was of peace and co-operation. Accusations of violence and corruption has characterized his administration, with government officials alleged to be lining their pockets from Congo's rich mineral reserves while Zimbabwe's own economy plummets out of control.

Mugabe has already conceded defeat in his attempt to delay the next election until 2010 and now faces a fight to get Zanu-PF to adopt him as its presidential candidate next year. Britain and the US believe that the strongest challenge to Mr Mugabe comes not from the opposition but from within his Zanu-PF party. Former army chief, Solomon Mujuru is his principal menace.

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