We are deeply concerned about the precarious situation Robert Mugabe has put Zimbabwe in after his humiliating loss at the polls.
His loss of the parliamentary election is a clear sign that the freedom-loving people of Zimbabwe want to see the back of the despot and his Zanu-PF cronies.
Instead of accepting the will of the people and gracefully conceding defeat after 28 years of misrule, the megalomaniac Mugabe is resorting to his handy bag of devious tricks to cling to power.
His bizarre demand for a recount of the presidential ballot, even before the results are known, is typical of Mad Bob. So is the brazen act of arresting election commissioners.
It does not require a rocket scientist to deduce that he lost even the presidential election and now wants to tamper with the results.
These unseemly acts, plus the slothfulness of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission that has yet to announce the presidential results 12 days on, point to even more bad news for the long-suffering Zimbabweans.
The genocidal Mugabe's demonstrable propensity for cruelty, as shown in Matabeleland in the 1980s, raises genuine fears that he would rather resort to mass murder than relinquish power.
Hence the arrest of journalists to prevent the truth being known.
The SADC and the AU must prevail on Mugabe before it is too late.