Friday, April 11, 2008

Don't wait for the dead bodies in Harare

from the SA Mail and Guardian:

Zimbabwe's opposition slammed the "deafening silence" on Tuesday of Africa in the aftermath of the country's elections, warning of blood on the streets unless pressure is brought to bear on Robert Mugabe...
While there has been a flurry of behind-the-scenes diplomacy in the 10 days since the country went to the polls, African heads of state have declined to put their name to calls for the presidential results to be announced.

Exasperated by the lack of a diplomatic breakthrough, MDC secretary general Tendai Biti said "the deafening silence by our brothers and sisters" in Africa was symptomatic of the continent's failure to react to crises.

Drawing a parallel to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, in which about 800 000 people lost their lives, Biti urged institutions such as the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to take a clear stand.

"We [Africa] responded poorly in Rwanda and a million people were killed," Biti told a press conference. "I say, don't wait for dead bodies on the streets of Harare. Intervene now. There's a constitutional and legal crisis in Zimbabwe."

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