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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thabo's Last Chance
Thabo Mbeki, humiliated by the world, spurned by the MDC and led by the nose by Mugabe, is making one last bid to save his legacy on Zimbabwe. As I write, Mbeki is mediating 11th hour talks between Zanu-PF and the MDC in order to build a negotiated settlement rather than face the prospect of the June 27th run-off.

This ultimately, is Mbeki's original modus operandi, no big talk, just attempts at action. Mbeki was ushered into the Presidency as 'Mr. Delivery', a moniker that has largely fallen away over his two terms. It certainly could not be applied to his efforts in Zimbabwe, but perhaps, at this final juncture, he can emerge with some grace.

I'm not holding my breath though...