Zimbabwe Prepares for Grim Independence Day
Zimbabwe's Independence Day is April 18th, though one must question how free the citizens are; they are held in thrall by a leader who many consider a despot: Robert Mugabe continues to bully any and all voices of dissent as the economy continues to crumble and neighboring nations begin to cool towards Harare.
Zimbabwe's independence anniversary is approaching, but the mood is far from celebratory in a nation blighted by an upsurge in political violence and deepening economic chaos.
The Zimbabwean opposition and critics abroad accuse President Robert Mugabe of economic mismanagement and political oppression.
But he appeared entrenched as he prepared to preside, as he has for the last 27 years, over independence celebrations on Wednesday.