Tuesday, January 13, 2004

In case you are unaware, the Zimbabwe Independent -- which seems to be one of the few genuinely independent voices in the Zimbabwean media -- has a website that is well worth reading. The lead story, that Mugabe commandeered a state plane for a christmas jaunt around the Far East, has landed the editor, Iden Wetherell, in prison on a charge of criminal defamation. The M&G is covering the story here. For a taste of the bizarre, take a look at the story about a Zimbabwean Church raising a $30 million christmas gift -- yes, gift -- for the dear leader, on the basis of the biblical injunction that one should 'honour one's leaders' even if they 'despise you.'

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