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Monday, March 06, 2006

Zimbabwe Update -- At Last Someone Challenges Mugabe

The Australian reports:

A ZIMBABWEAN rocket scientist has swept back into his country after 15 years abroad and set himself up as a radical opposition leader, vowing to bring down President Robert Mugabe and end the misrule that has left millions on the edge of starvation.

"We can't expect the outside world to bring about change," said Arthur Mutambara, 39, leader of a breakaway faction of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.

"As a Zimbabwean, I've had enough of seeing my fellow citizens suffering. The game's up. I'm going to remove Robert Mugabe, I promise you, with every tool at my disposal."

Zimbabweans have been astonished by the sudden arrival on the political scene of one of the country's most eminent expatriate academics.

His last involvement in politics was in leading the first student protests against Mr Mugabe in 1989. Since then he has completed a doctorate in robotics and mechatronics at Merton College, Oxford, and worked on the US space program. He has been a professor of robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other US universities and a management consultant for McKinsey & Company.

Read it here.

I wish him luck and congratulate him for having the courage to stand up to the old madman, but he faces very, very long odds. At present Mutambara doesn't even have the support of what is laughably called the "resistance" and ZANU-PF will be a very hard nut to crack.

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