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Vol 43 No 7

Published 5th April 2002



Shrinking credibility and economic chaos push Mugabe towards the negotiating table

In a brutal game of political chess with his opponents, President Robert Mugabe now seems to be stalemated. Chronic shortages of food and fuel are forcing Mugabe and his ruling clique in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front to examine all options. Mugabe would have weathered Western opprobrium but increasing concern in the region about the economic contagion (and migration) from Zimbabwe's crisis piles more pressure on Harare (AC Vol 43 No 6).

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