Zambia denies Zimbabwe politician Tendai Biti political asylum.
Zambian Foreign Minister Joe Malanji told the BBC that Mr Biti's grounds for asylum were weak and that Mr. Biti was being kept in "safe custody" until he returned to Zimbabwe.
Not even a murmur from UNHCR.
Correspondents say there is a climate of fear in Zimbabwe, with some members of the opposition arrested and others going into hiding - while the people of Zimbabwe are in uproar over the botched election.
Returning Mr. Biti to Zimbabwe would amount to internationally outlawed REFOULEMENT. At least safe passage to a country, which would grant asylum, must be safeguarded.
Did “The Crocodile” Steal Zimbabwe’s Election?
By Thomas Mountain (*) - 08. August 2018
Did “The Crocodile”, Zimbabwe’s President and former National Intelligence chief Emmerson Mnangagwa steal the 2018 election?
While no one outside of those party loyalists on the Election Commission appointed by President Mnangagwa can say for sure, it surely looks that way.
To start with, Zimbabwe has been in a bad streak economically with unemployment and inflation sky high, while a critical shortage of foreign currency has plagued businesses large and small. The voter turn out in this latest election was huge, the largest in Zimbabwe’s history with especially large numbers of young, mainly unemployed youth voting for the first time.
When times are hard and there is a huge turnout including a big proportion of the youth it usually means people are looking for a change in leadership, not another old school regime strongman being returned for another round of the same old tale. Yet it turned out that the establishment headed by the former head of national intelligence aka “The Crocodile”, so named for snatching his victims never to be seen again, was the majority recipient of these voters?
Mnangagwa had to win, if he didn't he and all of his partners in crime would go to prison and lose all of their ill gotten gains. Sort of like Erdogan in Turkey, steal the election or get locked up, you do what it takes and count on the international godfathers to look the other way, like they did when you staged your coup d'etat against your
former mentor, President Mugabe last year.
When protesters took to the streets, “The Crocodile” quickly unleashed the iron fist and gave them a taste of real fascism by shooting them down in the streets. And when the opposition leadership, for years on the CIA’s payroll, calls a press conference, lock them up and deny them bail - let's get this game over with and with as little fuss as
Remember now, you are dealing with “The Crocodile” who oversaw the mass murder of tens of thousands of his Ndebele ethnic rivals in the struggle for power back after independence in 1980. If “The Crocodile” loses the election all those mass graves may be put on display during his show trial - who knows maybe even by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.
So far the godfathers in the west and east are content to see business as usual in Zimbabwe, especially now that “The Crocodile” is even talking about reimbursing the apartheid era farmers for the property that was taken from them, property that they stole fair and square from Zimbabwe's people over a century ago. Pay racist settlers for the property they stole in the first place? This must be the price you pay when you’ve sold your soul to the IMF and have only been saved from immediate collapse by Chinese largess.
This is yet another blow to Zimbabwe’s long suffering peoples desire for progress in their lives. With so many youth going to the polls and putting their faith in an election it will inevitably lead to more radicalization and discontent, lighting the fuse in what could one day turn out to be a real revolution and an end to independence fighters turned to crocodiles, snatching away the peoples yearning for change.
(*) Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea living and reporting from here since 2006. See thomascmountain on Facebook, thomascmountain on Twitter or best reach him at thomascmountain at gmail dot com