Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Mugabe's Desert Exit Strategy?
It seems that everyone but Robert Mugabe knows that Mugabe needs to go. Is it possible that he would consider stepping down and entering retirement (some are saying exile) in Namibia? That is the speculation in the Cape Times today. Former Namibian President Sam Nujoma continued to support Mugabe even as Zimbabwe descended into chaos. Nujoma's successor, Hifikepunye Pohamba, is not in Mugabe's pocket, but perhaps he understands that providing a soft landing for the megalomaniacal Zimbabwean would be for the best for the region as a whole. As Mugabe becomes increasingly isolated, seeking a way out before he finds that even his absolute control is not so absolute might become a priority for him. Perhaps Namibia can help accelerate that process during Mugabe's state visit this week.