Monday, January 09, 2006

Mugabe nixes African Union's statement


The African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR), which falls under the African Union, has once again excoriated Zimbabwe over human rights abuses, but Zimbabwean analysts don't foresee the commission's latest indictment of the regime spurring African leaders to censure Robert Mugabe.

The Mugabe government has trashed the ACHPR's latest damning resolution. In typical style, the Zimbabwe government said ACHPR was criticising Zimbabwe as a convenient excuse to raise money for its operations from Britain and America....

Madhuku said African leaders eager not to offend Mugabe might seek to play down the report by portraying it as a result of the work of technical people in the ACHPR, but which did not reflect the AU's political sentiment.

"How can you expect a club of leaders, which include the likes of Omar Bongo and Yoweri Museveni, to censure Mugabe when they are changing their constitutions to do exactly what Mugabe is doing, if not worse?" asked Madhuku.

His sentiments were shared by John Makumbe, a University of Zimbabwe political scientist, who recalled the evasion of African leaders at dealing with the first damning report of the ACHPR against Zimbabwe in 2003. ...

Hmmm...nasty letters don't work...who wudda thought...

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