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While We've Been Distracted - Real Change in Zimbabwe?

I wouldn’t mention this based just on news stories, but I’m modestly well-connected in that part of the world, and I’ve been hearing in recent days that this time there might be a real change underway in Zimbabwe.

Defying expectations, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been sworn in as Prime Minister:

…. the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy, Arthur Mutambara, in Zimbabwe following a historic deal to form a unity government….

The interesting thing here (for your humble correspondent) is that because of my travels to and business connections in southern Africa, I’m only one-degree-of-separation removed from Arthur Mutambara! (I’ll stop there for now, but maybe I’ll be able to visit and interview him at some point in the not-too-distant future and report on it here….)

The Movement for Democratic Change has also been given a number of cabinet portfolios; details here.

I realize that we’ve all pretty much given up on Zimbabwe – and just seeing some news reports that looked good wouldn’t much pique my interest.

But I’m hearing a surprising bit of excitement from down there – that this is indeed the start, at last, of real and positive change in Zimbabwe.

Let us hope and pray that this is indeed the case….