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Southern Africa: Destruction, (re)construction and Deconstruction - the case of Zimbabwe.

(Work in Progress)

Background Paper for 'Futures for Southern Africa' symposium
A CIIR, NAI, ICS, SACBC initiative

(Originally given at ROAPE conference Aid as Imperialism 5-7 September 2003, University of Birmingham, UK)

September 2003

Steve Kibble
Africa/ Yemen Advocacy Officer
Catholic Institute for International Relations, London (CIIR)

Posted with permission of the Catholic Institute for International Affairs (CIIR)
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"The people had forfeited the confidence of the government
And could win it back only by redoubled efforts".
Would it not be easier in that case
For the government to dissolve the people and elect another?
Bertold Brecht The Solution


This working paper is a reflection of some ongoing discussions with southern Africans, especially Zimbabweans in and out of their country, on the nature of the crisis, and what it betokens for the democratic movement inside Zimbabwe and in the region. The paper is a very unfinished discussion paper throwing out more questions than answers as part of a contribution for the symposium to be held in Windhoek, Namibia from 15-17th September 2003 entitled 'Futures for southern Africa'. This is organised and sponsored by CIIR, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Nordic Africa Institute and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

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