Saturday, September 27, 2008

Anglo-American versus the Chinese in Zimbabwe; will UK military return to Zimbabwe?

Who will control Zimbabwe's army and its mineral wealth?

Both Anglo-American and the Chinese would like Zimbabwe's mineral wealth.

F. William Engdahl, at Global research, wrote: "Chrome, copper, gold, platinum, huge hydroelectric power potential and vast coal reserves are what is at stake for Washington and London in Zimbabwe.

"The country also has unverified reserves of uranium, something in big demand today for nuclear power generation...

"In June 2006 state-owned Zimbabwean businesses signed a number of energy, mining and farming deals worth billions of dollars with Chinese companies." - Mugabe’s Biggest Sin

Reports by Western diplomats, on 27 September 2008, suggest Zimbabwe's power-sharing agreement may collapse, as a result of actions by President Robert Mugabe and his generals.

Both the U.S. and the EU have decided to maintain their targeted sanctions against Mugabe.

Harare deal close to collapse

Nearly two weeks after the power-sharing agreement was signed, Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and Tsvangirai's MDC have not yet agreed on the division of the ministries.

It has been agreed that Mugabe is to control the Defence Ministry, which controls the army and the Central Intelligence Organisation.

But Mugabe also wants to control the Home Affairs Ministry, which runs the police.

And he also wants the Finance Ministry.

Mugabe is a 'bad guy'. More than a third of the Zimbabwean population has fled abroad, and about one million may have died as a result of starvation, political violence, AIDS and the collapse of the health-care system.

Prying Zimbabwe From Mugabe's Hands

Mugabe and Tsvangirai have called for Britain to "accept its responsibilities" and compensate the 4,000 commercial farmers who have lost their farms.

Tsvangirai wants to invite back the British Military Assistance and Training Team, which trained the army and police after independence in 1980.

Tsvangirai wants to end the power of Mugabe's 'war veterans' and Zanu-PF youth league, known as the Green Bombers.


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