No peace for Mugabe


There is no peace for 90-year-old Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. For two weeks, there were persistent rumours that he was dead. When he proved that he was alive when he was seen in public after his sister Bridget died, his critics shifted to a concert due to be held in Harare this Friday.

The Canadian media said the concert by Canadian singer, Bryan Adams, was going to give legitimacy to the Zimbabwean leader whom the Canadian government did not recognise.

President Robert Mugabe won 61 percent of the vote in the 31 July elections last year.

The result was endorsed by the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and the United Nations but the United States, Canada and the European Union, refused to recognise his victory.

Canada boycotted a United Nations tourism conference in Zimbabwe in August last year because it questioned Mugabe’s victory. It also maintained sanctions on Mugabe and his inner circle.

Though sold out, the Adams’s concert will only be attended by 3 500 people.

Adams, who is on his Bare Bones Tour, is scheduled to play two concerts in Johannesburg this weekend after the Harare show.

He will have one in Cape Town on 28 January, two in Port Elizabeth and one in Durban before returning to Canada.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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