I have to feel proud when the country of my birth comes up with a democratic advance like this one - a way of improving electoral processes:
Zimbabwe's police chief on Friday threw his support behind President Robert Mugabe in elections this month, declaring that western-supported "puppets" would not be allowed to rule.
Joining other defence chiefs in backing the 84-year-old Mugabe for re-election, Police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri said: "We will not allow puppets to take charge. This time we are wiser and we are determined and this must serve as a warning to puppets."
His words, reported by state media, echoed those of Mugabe who says the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and, lately, former ally and expelled ZANU-PF politburo member Simba Makoni are stooges of Britain, the former colonial power.