Having clearly lost the battle to keep SADC on-side, Zanu (PF) is now plunging the lowest depths of its infantile disorder, using CIO agents to spy on the Prime Minister instead of protecting.
The agents have leaked their notes to The Herald from what they thought was a sting operation, but which only exposes the shallowness of the CIO and its lack of direction or purpose. It highlights why the CIO needs to be controlled by an Act of Parliament.
They reported that President Morgan Tsvangirai, had a meeting with a former commander of Nato, one General Wesley Clark, as if that was a crime.
The general was apparently one on many other world leaders at the Centre for Global Dialogue and Co-operation meeting in Vienna.
And the Herald’s spies reported on what Tsvangirai presented in a public presentation to the meeting as if it was a private briefing with Clark, the former Nato Commander.
Clark was said to have the blood on innocents on his hands because of the wars that Nato participated in under his command, thus impugning that Tsvangirai’s meeting with him is somehow wrong.
Tsvangirai told the dialogue that Sadc leaders coerced him into forming an inclusive Government with President Mugabe, according to the spies. That is not far from the truth, that SADC insisted on the two leaders negotiating a government of national unity, which they did.
But today it is being presented as a way of painting Tsvangirai as being against the SADC process, yet Tsvangirai is all for the SADC roadmap and wishes only that it would follow through on its resolutions.
It is true that the MDC being part of a government of national unity in order to prevent the loss of lives in the country as Zimbabwe was facing the abyss with a collapsed economy and exponential inflation. Tsvangirai and the MDC should be commended for the decision.
Tsvangirai was also reported to have told the general what he told the meeting, which is that there is now stability in Zimbabwe, but there is no democracy. In fact there is no stability and no democracy.
Obstacles to free and fair elections, the need for media reform, lack of respect for the Constitution and the manipulation of Government institutions like the judiciary, army and the police, all constitute some of Zimbabwe's challenges.
This is also true as is the fact that the army, police and judiciary are partisan and aligned to Zanu-PF, and that the MDC party is working towards ensuring that elections, which are likely to be held in 2013, are peaceful elections.
The Herald claimed also that Tsvangirai had told Clark that he had asked the President to leave office if was tired; this was after Mugabe had confided in him that he wanted to relinquish power but could not do so due to divisions within his party. This is very plausible.
It is also true that President Mugabe has no legitimacy to rule since the people had rejected him, but he forced them to accept Zanu (PF) through political violence. His refusal to implement the Global Political Agreement is further taking away the little legitimacy that he was given by the GNU.
The Herald also reported that former US President Bill Clinton who was at the meeting, had commended Tsvangirai for “his struggle to bring democracy to Zimbabwe” and “for sacrificing his life” in order to bring about the “rule of law” in the country.
Tsvangirai has done that and is continuing to struggle for peace, which makes this report one of the strangest among its stories. It is not clear what The Herald wanted to get a comment from the PM’s Office about.