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By Toby Mundy   April 2002

Daylight robbery

When the young Robert Mugabe attained power 22 years ago, he told an awestruck Ian Smith “you have given me the jewel of Africa” and pledged himself to reconciliation, multiculturalism and cricket. Since then, in the words of Desmond Tutu, Zimbabwe’s president has “gone bonkers in a big way.” Writing this as Zimbabweans vote in an election that Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has almost certainly stolen, one is struck by the silence in the rest of Africa. South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki expressed “concern over the danger of civil conflict” in Zimbabwe last November, but since then, hardly a word.


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