Zimbabwean dissidents have counted over 2,000 cases of political violence, including 161 murders, carried out after the March 29th elections. You can see a map of all the incidents and two short documentaries (Democracy Missing/ Zimbabwe Crisis) on the Sokwanele Website. The country’s future looked dark and grim.

No wonder the latest news of a power-sharing deal between Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF and Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC come as a big surprise:

All Africa: Excitement, Relief and Anxiety Greet Deal

Long suffering Zimbabweans reacted with a mixture of excitement, relief and anxiety that a deal between ZANU PF and the MDC had finally been signed. But while hope for a better life dominated everyone’s interest, most people were still anxiously awaiting Monday’s final signing ceremony and the release of further details relating to the deal. Political analyst Eldred Masunungure compared the deal to, ‘walking out of a landmine field while carrying a huge load,’ and thinks it will only survive, ‘on a lot of goodwill, commitment and strategic thinking by all the key players because it can easily collapse even on small things and misunderstandings.'”

This is Zimbabwe has a link round-up post on the deal and a text on the Transitional Justice Options by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum.

Last year, Marian Tupy proposed A Four-Step Recovery Plan for Zimbabwe’s economy.