Many African countries have been slow to criticize the Zimbabwean leader, but Kenya recently called for foreign intervention.
A spokesman for Mugabe claimed that the U.S. and United Kingdom are planning to invade Zimbabwe.
Andrew Meldrum, a senior editor at GlobalPost, reported from Zimbabwe for more than 20 years and joins Martin Savidge to discuss the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s role in the country and international calls for the leader to step down.
Below, bloggers discuss the humanitarian and political situations in Zimbabwe.
Blogger “Sokwanele” posts images of raw sewage in the streets of Ruwa — an ominous sign for the spread of cholera as the disease spreads. For more on the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, see our previous Blogwatch: Cholera claims more than 560 lives in Zimbabwe.
The “Kubatana” blog writes that it is the failing government who is responsible for the health crisis.
The “Foreign Policy Blog” says that international calls for Mugabe’s removal give him the excuse to play victim of Western imperialism.
The “Back Towards the Locus” blog responds to an article in the Times Online that calls on the African Union to send troops into Zimbabwe, arguing that such military action would endanger aid workers and exacerbate instability.