I interviewed Ian Smith in 1987, the former prime minister of Rhodesia who was there for the election of Robert Mugabe in 1980 and the birth of the new Zimbabwe.
The country poverty is so evident, even to its leaders, that finance minister Tendai Biti joked this week Zimbabwe was a private company it would have closed down. leader whose own taste for lavish living makes Louis XIV of France look positively middle class by comparison has hardly helped.
The murderous 89 year old African dictator, who has ruled Zimbabwe like a personal fiefdom since 1980, was a self invited guest of Pope Francis I in the Vatican City on Tuesday.
Yet still the world sends money to prop up it up.
Nobody enforced the existing European Union travel ban on the devout conservative Catholic for the simple fact that he was in Rome for a religious event.
Sounds good, but the limit is not retroactive and ensures Mugabe could have 10 more years as head of state if he is re elected later this year.
In January the UN launched a global appeal for funds to help it give $131 million in humanitarian assistance to meet food, water and emergency needs in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe has taken his country from bread basket to basket case in a generation and despite the countryside still being achingly beautiful it is riddled with hunger, food shortages, disease, crime and a failed health system.
When we talked he was old, tired and not so full of fight as fearful for the future.
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This is despite Rwandan born warlord Bosco Ntaganda being taken into custody Thursday and flown to the court to stand trial on charges of overseeing atrocities in eastern Congo a decade ago.
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his face (which required extensive plastic surgery) and left him with numerous serious injuries that took months to heal. He returned to duty, was shot down a second time over Italy, and made his way back through hostile territory to Allied lines.
return of Mugabe is a fait accompli. So is his wretched handling of the economy and trashing of a once stable and prosperous nation.
Mugabe should have been arrested
Was he arrested? Was he stopped at the border? Was he sent to the International Criminal Court at the Hague and charged with crimes against humanity?
The new ruling will give more powers to the parliament and limit the president It also introduces a two term limit of five years each for a president.
In the Second World War, Smith had flown Hawker Hurricanes and Spitfires for the RAF over Europe.
One rule for one despot and one for another.
Mugabe visit coincided with a national referendum to approve a new constitution that would, for first the Puma Ferrari Shoes first time, impose presidential term limits in Zimbabwe.
Smith was a fighter, something Mugabe has long claimed to be but never been able to prove unless it involved beating up his political opponents.
Last year the same appeal called for $197 million.
There is a prevalence of HIV/AIDS among adults ages 15 19 of 20.1% with women being hardest hit. Overall Zimbabwe has a prevalence rate of 13.7%, the fifth highest in the world.
just hope I never live to see my prediction that Mugabe will be a disaster for Zimbabwe come true, he told me. country deserves better than a man who will govern for himself first and everyone else second. never tried to excuse apartheid (at least to me), which is an indefensible proposition anyway. It is just plain wrong to deny the fundamental right of everyone to a vote, regardless of his or her colour, creed or religion.
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