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Voices from Zimbabwe Plus 3

Welcome to the inaugral edition of the “Voices from Zimbabwe Plus 3″ where I hope you'll find news from several small African blogospheres.

Zimbabwe:-In what has now known as the MDC Senate Debacle, the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's main opposition party is locked in a stalemate over whether they should participate in the senate election late next month.

The Bearded Man moans the MDC's infighting thus,

“Sadly the fighting within the ranks of the MDC continues. Gift Chimanikire has publicly labasted the MDC leader, stating that the party WILL contest the senate elections and anyone who thinks otherwise should just ‘shut up’. Mugabe has been quoted as saying that the fighting within the opposition party show it to be an ‘irrelevent party’.”

Eddie Cross, a top political advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai the MDC leader, shared some of his views on the crisis with readers at zimpundit.

Reknowned author Chenjerai Hove uses the disease analogy to explain what is happening with the MDC.
Meanwhile Boinky of of Mugabe Makaipa lauds the fact that the Zimbabwean dollar is going to be scrapped “at a date to be announced.”

Jonathan Moyo the one time Mugabe critic turned top Mugabe henchman and ditched by Zimbabwe's strongman charges that the MDC is a party founded on “protest politics” and lacks ideology hence it's frequent failures. You can find more on this and other startling developments in Zimbabwe in zimpundit's Monday post.

Finally, Sokwanele, the civic action blog shares one of the many valuable lessons he's learnt from life in Zimbabwe.

Malawi:-Geeta points out the irony of the season's first rains while hunger threatens to make life tougher in the country.

Rwanda:- George Conard writes about the vast potential cell phones have to change life in the developing world as more and more people use the cell phone “a platform rather than just an application.” Some in Rwanda are already using cell phone airtime in place of the currency.

Burundi:- RW chronicles the loss of civilian life at the hands of Agathon Rwasa's Forces nationales de libération (FNL) during September. Here's another extensive list of atrocities.

More from ZimPundit next week!

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