November 20, 2008
Zimbabwe: The Deal that Never Was
BY A FRONTLINE/World Correspondent
A young girl scavenges for food in the town of Chitungwiza, east of Harare. Photo: EPA.
On September 15, 2008, the cellphone networks were so jammed, I couldn't reach any of my friends in Zimbabwe or abroad to share the news that I was covering first hand. What a day in the history of our country! After months of anticipation, the political deal was signed.
Almost everyone I spoke to was joyous and expectant. President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, in power since Zimbabwe's Independence in 1980, had at last agreed to share power with the opposition MDC and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.