|Africa News Digest
LaRouche Denounces U.K., U.S. Gov't Racism Towards Africa
March 30 (EIRNS)Lyndon LaRouche today denounced the "racism towards Africa" of both the U.S. and British governments, which have done nothing but stoke another potential destabilization there, around just-concluded Presidential elections in Zimbabwe. London has never given up on the idea that the former British colony of Rhodesia may be once again restored to its colonial status. LaRouche singled out U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has repeatedly denounced Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
The British operations against Zimbabwe began when British-backed opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, and his party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), proclaimed victory in the Presidential electionsdespite the fact that the National Electoral Commission will first issue the results of the election on March 31. Tsvangirai violated an agreement all three Presidential candidates had signed, that they would not make any statements until the official results were announced. His actions were aimed at creating an international impression that the opposition had defeated Mugabe; this, in turn, is supposed to trigger international human rights activations against Mugabe. Typical of the British-led media propaganda barrage was coverage on Bloomberg news wire, that Tsvangirai had won, and any alternative outcome would merely prove that Mugabe is a "tyrant."
A Zimbabwean source was confident, both that Mugabe had won the election honestly, and that any provocations by the MDC would be rejected by the Zimbabwean people, and would lead to a harsh crackdown by the government. The source noted that the government had emerged out of the liberation struggle against British colonialism, and any attacks on it would be widely seen, inside the country, as "counterrevolutionary."
Kenya-Style Protests After Zimbabwe Elections
March 28 (EIRNS)The Guardian of London reports today that the Zimbabwe opposition has warned that it will stage Kenya-style protests after the March 29 elections for President and Parliament.
Ian Makoni, the election director for opposition leader and Presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, is quoted as saying, "The lesson from 2002 is we didn't plan for after the vote. Everyone stayed at home and said we will go to the courts. What happened in Kenya was they knew there would be fraud and they were ready. We will be out on the streets celebrating when the polls close. It can turn into a protest easily. Zimbabweans are angry, they are desperate, they are ready to protest. It's the tipping point we are planning for."
President Robert Mugabe has said that he will not allow the kind of violence that took place in Kenya. The same British gamemasters who were involved in the Kenya operation, are involved in Zimbabwe, including Lord Steel, who maintains contacts with the Zimbabwe opposition through the Liberal International, especially the Liberal party in South Africa, which has been leading a campaign against South African President Thabo Mbeki because of the latter's mobilization of the region's governments to defuse the British-manipulated tensions in Zimbabwe.