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Vol 51 No 4

Published 19th February 2010


A clash at the border

A confrontation between Harare and Gaborone over a wandering pride of lions has escalated into a serious bilateral rift

The formulation of foreign policy in Zimbabwe is the jealously guarded function of the President’s Office and, through it, the Central Intelligence Organisation. The Foreign Ministry is more of a clearing house and its ministers rarely have much influence at home or abroad. They wait for their cue from State House; when reacting, they prefer a megaphone to a telephone. In this latest clash between neighbours, it may be that someone in Harare wanted to reply to Botswana President Ian Khama’s criticism of Robert Mugabe.

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