Zimbabwe: Coming Home

Nkomo reclaims his seat

Another self-exiled politician had better luck than Aquino. Joshua Nkomo, portly leader of Zimbabwe's opposition ZAPU party, had promised to return "like a lion, not a lamb," and last week he flew back to Harare after five months in London. In the airport lobby, a crowd of jubilant supporters danced and clapped, shouting high-pitched cries of welcome.

It was a short-lived triumph. Officials pointedly denied Nkomo the use of the airport's VIP lounge and whisked him into a customs office. Inspectors then searched his luggage for more than one hour, confiscating a color television set, a videotape of...

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