The German Embassy on Friday afternoon sponsored a roundtable, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the presence of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Zimbabwe, whose goal, according to its advertisement, was to discuss the question: "Citizen Apathy and its consequences on the the development of Zimbabwe." Unfortunately, the ZANU-PF invitees succeeded in hijacking the event and transforming it into a snooze-fest that studiously avoided any reference to the purported subject of the meeting. The ZANU-PF Governor of Matabeleland South and the ZANU CLerk of Parliament delivered soporific speeches worthy of Comrade Fidel. The members of the democratic opposition and pro democracy organizations in attendance (members of ZINASU, MDC and other civil society groups were in evidence) exercised nearly super-human self-restraint in allowing the off-subject propaganda show to go on without objection, surely in deference to their German hosts. Shame on the German Embassy hosts, however, for not calling the meeting back to order and back to the subject at hand. It was, unfortunately, a wasted opportunity and afternoon.