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In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Louisiana State University .
On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephants foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully an d as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
This week saw another sickening accident in which one innocent life was lost, after Robert Mugabe’s motorcade was involved in a crash which has only now begun to raise questions about the safety of having so many speeding vehicles accompanying the dictator on his travels. The convoy, which has been satirically nicknamed “Bob and The Wailers”, has hit the headlines yet again for all the wrong reasons. Here is the full story:
Not the first time
This isn’t the first accident in recent times. In the last two weeks alone there have been three other similar crashes all which caused injuries to bystanders and one which resulted in the loss of life.
A fortnight ago, a homeless man was killed when he was hit by a motorbike from the presidential cavalcade, which was travelling through Mugabe’s hometown of Zvimbia. Mugabe was, at the time, on his way to the funeral of headman Enock Chipurio. Bystanders at the scene claimed that the man had stood no chance of survival after he was more or less ripped apart, losing his legs as the motorbike ran him over.
At the time, when questioned as to why the motorcade had not stopped to assist at the scene, Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba said that the man had died “there and then” and “hadn’t stood a chance of survival”. He also added that he would now be given a “pauper’s burial, after he’d been taken to the mortuary”. Full details of this horrific story can be found here.
This is not the first time his motorcade has caused the death of an innocent homeless person, someone who seemingly had no personal belongings, effects, family members, mortgage or other money issues to worry about. Back in 2005 it was reported that whilst travelling to Banket to campaign in the elections, his convoy ran other another pauper, instantly killing them, and again failing to stop to give any sort of help or assistance.
On the same trip this year in which this homeless man was killed, members of Mugabe’s guard were also killed alongside several others who were severely injured when a truck from the same cavalcade overturned after one of it’s tyres burst some sixty miles away from Harare.
Mugabe usually travels with a convoy of ten vehicles, each travelling at high speed and using flashing and glaring headlights to make their procession through wherever they travel. This group is usually made up of the presidential limousine, army vehicles and motorcycles. According to current Zimbabwean law, it is forbidden to prevent the progress of the President’s motorcade for any reason whatsoever. It also forbidden for anyone who sees the convoy approaching or passing to make obscene gestures or use disparaging language towards either the President himself or anyone in his party.
Details of the crash
The crash which happened this week actually occurred on the Robert Mugabe Highway which lies on the outskirts of his hometown of Zvimba. The car that caused the crash is thought to have been the one which was leading the motorcade as it made its progress through the village. The convoy travels with flashing beacons and sirens, and a police spokesman said that a bus driver had failed to heed the warnings sounds of the approaching motorcade and that that was in effect what had caused the head on collision between the bus and Mugabe’s vehicles.
He went on to strongly urge people “to pull off the road if they hear a siren or see a blue beacon” in a report which you can read in full here.
In another interesting article pertaining to the story, which you can read in full from the New York Times here, the ZANU-PF’s party spokesman tweeted that “It was a minor crash and we regret the death of the few who died”.
This accident in particular has resulted in the loss of one life and the serious injuring of fifteen others, the conditions of whom are not yet known. It seems so dismissive to call it a “minor” accident. Surely anything which results in the death of innocent bystanders constitutes a serious incident? Not so, according to the opinion of Mugabe’s party anyway, which is unsurprising really.
The danger of Zimbabwe’s roads
Previously, it had been reported worldwide that the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangari was injured and his wife killed in 2009 when his convoy was hit by a lorry, although this was slightly different situation to the one reported here involving Mugabe. The roads themselves are said to be generally notoriously tricky with many politicians involved in other accidents or near misses in recent years.
The question is, how many people have to die before something is done to stop this kind of needless accident happening? It just seems to be yet another example of a tired, supercilious regime that care little for their people.
Press reports in Zimbabwe suggest that Robert Mugabe is panicking and running scared after a court ruling which means that any Zimbabweans accused of Human Rights Abuses can be legally tried in South Africa.
There is mounting pressure, stemming from two organisations. Firstly, the Southern African Litigation Centre and secondly the Zimbabwean Exiles Forum who are both demanding that South Africa arrests and formally prosecutes seventeen Zimbabweans who have previously been accused of Human Rights Abuses which include torture. Their case for this immensely important ruling came to bear in March of this year and the result itself was only made known a few days ago. This ruling is now being touted as a unique landmark for African justice because it effectively means that crimes committed in one country can be tried and appealed in another.
There is mounting pressure on Mugabe to relinquish his hold on power and has personally admitted in recent days that his party has in fact lost some of the votes it had held in the 2008 election in areas of the country that were previously seen as staunch Zanu-PF.
Both legal and political commentators feel that his reaction is clear proof he is personally scared of the ramifications of this ruling, particularly seeing as in recent weeks the former leader of Liberia, Charles Taylor has been tried and imprisoned for fifty years for committing crimes against humanity.
Mugabe attacked the ruling court judge Hans Fabricus derogatorily calling him a “Boer” and likening his decision to investigate the matter a “second apartheid”. He also claimed that Mr Fabricus had no understanding of how the law works.
However, both the Deputy Minister for Justice Obert Gutu and the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangari have said that under law there is nothing Mugabe can do as “the wheels of justice where in motion and the ruling was binding”. Mr Gutu further added that “it is only the criminals who are afraid of the recent ruling by Justice Fabricus”.
The activists who have brought the case to bear say they have compiled a complex dossier of events relating to crimes, abuses and atrocities committed and want a trial to happen in South Africa as soon as possible. However, it is unlikely to happen for quite some time as the ruling may ye be appealed.
This ruling has particular pertinence to the Human Rights Abuses which occurred during Tsvangari’s MDC Rally in March 2007, the opposition party to Mugabe’s Zanu-PF. During this particular event Mr Tsvangari and some forty nine other members of his party were taken away and severely attacked and beaten by the police. A journalist who at the time took photos of the happenings and released them to the foreign media at the time was kidnapped and murdered a short time later. After Mr Tsvangari was released he stated he had taken such a severe beating he had lost a tremendous amount of blood and sustain severe injuries to his head and body. At the time, Zimbabwean controlled media had claimed that although beatings had taken place this was because the opposition demonstrators had caused damage to property and cars, meaning that many people were forced to leave their homes and business and had to pay out considerable sums of money to repair their shattered properties and vehicles, not to mention the costs involved in insuring a hire car so they could continue to go about their day to day lives. This was also alongside finding contents cover for their houses and personal belongings.
Zanu PF members also claimed at the time that the MDC had deliberately flouted laws on political rallies and demonstrations and that this was another reason why they had acted as they had.
Longstanding Problems and History
Human Rights Organisations are of the opinion that these sorts of abuses and tortures were commonplace before this happened and are still widespread now. There are issues surrounding torture, starvation and freedom of speech among many other violations of basic rights. There were also claims that journalists and other media reporters were subjected to forms of torture and repression alongside other political and civil activists who had entered the country to report on what was happening there. It will surely be of interest to see what happens next in this case and whether Mugabe can be removed from power once and for all. For the latest on this landmark case and to read more about the ramifications, the ruling and what it means you can visit this link here.
Janet Henson is a freelance writer from England who covers current affairs and travel for a number of journals around the world. It’s a shame that what was once the breadbasket of Africa now stands facing such a torrid future, largely due to Mugabe.
If you have been to Cape Town in South Africa before some of these pictures might look familiar to you. If you have not been there, have a look at some images that were taken out of a vintage camera back in the days.
When you are looking through you will see how formal people were when they went to the beach, now days the smaller the out fit the better. You will see Cape Town Station, what a classic quote buy one of the biggest beer brands back in the days “South Africa is LION Country” – Classic.
I keep getting shocked by Robert Mugabe, does he not realise who and what he is. The audacity of him asking to be the leader of tourism and then the shocking part is they actually give it to him. WTF!!!
A leader of tourism is meant to be someone who paints a nice picture of travel and the countries, the papers have mentioned the likes of David Beckham, Drew Barrymore and a few others. Lets be honest when Beckham invites you to a country to increase the tourism that is almost inviting. Rihanna has been made ambassador for Barbados, she is on tv and in the papers for the right reasons, always smiling and cheerful not like old Bob.
Mugabe only goes in the papers because of some ludicrous, idiotic notion that he has summoned up from the depts of hell and yes this idea of him as a leader of tourism is exactly that.
If I was not originally from Zimbabwe and was thinking of going to see the might Victoria Falls, I would go via the Zambian side, lets be honest he will and it will only be by his hand that he ruins the tourism in Zimbabwe.
When oh when he will be removed from power and tried as the ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy. That should do the trick I think.
Over and out
How the hell is it already May, this year is flying so F#@king fast. How is everyone doing?
It just seems to be with time I seem to be moving at the speed of light, work, life etc. Work is going very well. The company is moving at a rate of knots and our drop is becoming a ripple and noise is being made, in a good way. A Brand is being built.
Life, well life is moving forward as well. With working hard comes playing hard, a balance as I was pointed out this week. Played my first game of Squash in like 2 weeks and I felt the difference, I just seemed unfit, not to say I am but it was a fast and hard game. Got to get some more court time but all in all my game is improving so I am being told.
I have noticed something as well 2012 just seems to be the year of the baby. Everyone is having one and that is a good thing because all of them seemed to be planned, no unexpected babies so far, we hope.
Also, something that I have noticed is a lot of people are moving from the UK back to their respective countries (in Africa), to settle down. Some I am happy to see go and some I am not so happy that they are going or have gone. Why are they leaving me??
Well I have better get back to work and sell some stuff.
Remember Scabenga Says: Have a good day
Mugabe is said to be fighting for his life. He has been suffering with Cancer for many years and the word on all the Zimbabweans lips is “Please die”. Harsh but true. He needs to die for the greater good of Zimbabwe and also because he is a complete idiot. I could have used a lot stronger words but this could be seen but nice people.
The leader of Zimbabwe has completely destroyed the great country that is Zimbabwe and it is time for a change to try to salvage what is left and bring the country back to its former glory. The people (white and black) have suffered enough and they need a break.
I sit here in the UK and I only know the half of what has been going on in Zimbabwe but of the stuff I do hear it is complete rubbish. This post is not about what he has done, I just do not have the time to list all the faults that he has installed on the country.
I am here to wish the grim reaper all the best and for him to take that bastard to hell and to ask the devil to stick his pitchfork in a certain place and also without lube.
Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish
So I have recently found out about Joseph Kony and that got me and some friends of mine thinking, what about Robert Mugabe. He has been a tyrant for decades taking a Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to a country in dire need of change and it has not been a case that the powers do not know who he is and what he has done to the beautiful country of Zimbabwe.
The question I ask and I know many of you have asked this as well, why do they not get him out of power. I remember a quote from Tony Blair when he was address the world on Saddam Hussein. He said “we will rid the world of dictators“. So why have they not done so and it is not cause Tony is not in power is it.
You have to ask what these countries that the dictators rule have to offer the world. They want a return for their efforts and in the for of wealth.
What is wealth, is it not a better life for the people being ruled under these mad men, is it not allowing a once fruitful country to try and get back to its former glory to again feed a hungry Africa.
Something has to change very soon. Follower the Twitter Hash tag #Mugabe2012 and lets get the world behind getting Mugabe out of Zimbabwe.