|President Robert Mugabe looked increasingly isolated this evening, as he accused members of his own party of plotting with the West, while the once divided opposition united behind leader Morgan Tsvangirai.|
Mr Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, warned against any "monkey games" by those he called the stooges of his Western critics, whom he accused of funding Mr Tsvangirai's MDC party to replace him through "violent terrorist acts".
The 83-year-old said imperialists were taking advantage of the ruling ZANU-PF party succession debate to re-assert themselves.
"There has been an insidious dimension where ambitious leaders have been cutting deals with the British and Americans," Mr Mugabe told a meeting of ZANU-PF's youth league in Harare.
Desmond Tutu rips into African leaders for being silence.
|Renowned South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu Friday condemned African leaders for failing to denounce what is happening in Zimbabwe.|
"We Africans should hang our heads in shame. How can what is happening in Zimbabwe elicit hardly a word of concern let alone condemnation from us leaders of Africa. Just when one thought that the news out of Zimbabwe could not get worse, sure as anything it does.
"After the horrible things done to hapless people in Harare, has come the recent crackdown on members of the opposition. What more has to happen before we who are leaders, religious and political, of our Mother Africa are moved to cry out 'enough is enough'," Tutu said in a statement issued by his office.
"What an awful blot on our copy book. Do we really care about human rights, do we care that people of flesh and blood, fellow Africans, are being treated like rubbish, almost worse than they were ever treated by rabid racists?"