Meanwhile Namibia "rolls out the red carpet for Mugabe." I hope this is for the purpose of persuading the old despot, who just turned 83, to step down into a cushioned exile, but it seems as if President Pohamba plans to welcome Mugabe as a legitimate partner. Perhaps behind the folderol, the respect for Mugabe's liberation hero past, will be serious quiet diplomacy. This is Pohamba's first serious test as a regional leader. The easy road to take will be the one of accomodation. The tougher road, but the one that promises the greatest historical reward, will be to help facilitate the end of Mugabe's reign. Let us hope that the red carpet represents protocol, a plush walkway to Mugabe's retirement.