In a story that could only come out of Africa, the despotic President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has supposedly enlisted the help of paramilitaries from Angola to maintain his grip on power. Fearing civil unrest, Mugabe has asked for more than 1,000 militiamen from Angola. If this is Angola's way of persuading Mugabe to step aside, we can expect to see more turmoil and bloodshed in Zimbabwe.
Throughout this ordeal in Zimbabwe, most African leaders have remained silent as the situation there has worsened but Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa is one of the few leaders who has criticized Mugabe by likening the situation to a "sinking titanic". African countries should find solutions to their own problems but to look the other way when one of your peers abuses civil rights and threatens violence against its citizens just to stay in power, that's a sad testament to African solidarity and bad news for the suffering people in Africa.
In the meantime, Mugabe's claim that the British are responsible for the problems in Zimbabwe was echoed today by former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda. I would expect that from an old school leader like Kaunda who came to power after colonization along with Mugabe and the kleptocratic Mobuto Sesi Seko. I'm not denying the British have had some influence on politics in Zimbabwe, but Mugabe's government has been in power for more than twenty years.
If Angola is really sending troops to support Mugabe's domestic situation, then their involvement could lead to a civil war between his supporters and the opposition.