Well done Barrack Obama! The Democratic front runner has
done what so many African leaders have failed to do and critisised Robert
Mugabe for not releasing the results of the election held on March 29th. The US
Senator was unafraid in his words. He said that the people of Zimbabwe
were tired of Mugabe's failed policies, which have reduced the country from the
breadbasket of Africa
to a basket case. This is leadership. The Zambian President, Levy Mwanwasa, has
called for an emergency meeting of the Southern African Development Committee.
This is in contrast to Thabo Mbeki's call for patience and the deafening
silence ringing out from the State Houses and Palaces of other African leaders.
In the spirit of African unity we must do all that we can to help our brothers
and sisters in Zimbabwe by forcing Mugabe and his party to release the results
or leave office. It is becoming clearer by the day that there is trickery
The BBChas hard evidence that Police officers
were ordered to vote for Robert Mugabe before the election so the mind boggles
at the thought of what is going on behind the scenes at the moment with regard
to the results of the ballot.
Our neighbours in Senegal
have shown their leadership and their Pan-African justice credentials in recent
days by changing the constitution to allow for the trial of the ex-Chadian
leader Hissene Habre. The man, described as Africa's
Pinochet, is accused of human rights abuses during his eight years in power.
This is the kind of action that we need to see on the
continent. All nations must support their neighbours and ensure that justice is
available to all African people. It is too late to save the people of Chad
from this man but at least they can get a form of justice if he is tried.
It is not too late however for the people of Zimbabwe.
All African leaders must speak out against this mockery of democracy. The power
is in the hands of all African leaders to stand up for the people of Zimbabwe
because it is now crystal clear that Robert Mugabe is putting his pride, power
lust and well being before that of his people. It's reported that Mugabe and
other African leaders were expecting an easy ride from Barrack Obama because of
his African roots but this young man has once again risen above the issue of
race and put truth and justice ahead of everything else. If he is elected to
the office of United States President the unjust in Africa
can expect a torrid time. African leaders who are fair and just, do not cling
to power, don't persecute journalists and put the needs of their people before
their own can expect the support and friendship of the worlds most powerful
nation and its President.