The MDC have their work cut out for them, even if they succeed in claiming power. If you read Jeffrey Sach's report on stopping hyperinflation in Bolivia
, it is fairly clear that the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe is a lot more serious. And the recession/price controls have destroyed businesses and infrastucture. When I lived in Zim, the roads were exemplary. Now, not so much.
In the medium term, the issue of Land Reform, which is the reason ZW is in the state it's in now must be addressed. If the MDC are able to reign in the hyperinflation, and repossess the land redistributed to Mugabe's cronies and redistribute this in a transparent and reasonable manner (nationalization may be a good option in the short term), then I think it is very likely that they will be able to get the UK and the USA to recommit to the Lancaster House agreement and restore compensation payments for white farmers. Given the appalling effects of forced redistribution on the economy, it may be more prudent to offer leases of reasonable length to the physically commercial farmers and some sort of incentive for productivity with a view to representative land ownership eventually (within the next two or three decades) and concentrate on absentee farmers as the target of redistribution. To be sure, if the Bolivia experience shows that it will take a couple of decades for the economy to recover.
You're correct in identifying the AU as a source of frustration. Thabo Mbecki, in particular, should be sharply criticized. I guess you can't blame them for circling the wagons when Europe and America hypocrtically harp on about human rights and yet sell Africans the weapons they use to kill each other. Since the UK, EU and US are unassailable, they are of course a convenient target for the mistakes of incompetent government.
And of gay people in Zimbabwe? I am sorry for them. It is a horribly closeted life.