Fatally flawed

2008-06-30 00:00

There cannot be any clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa’s regional institutions to find local solutions to the continent’s problems, than its astounding inaction in the face of the terrifying descent into the abyss of Zimbabwe.

Like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, most of his AU peers only pay lip service to democracy: they hardly brook opposition, abuse the very limited democratic institutions in their countries and show little respect for individual liberties. So then for African leaders to criticise Mugabe would be like owning up to their own glaring democratic shortcomings. It is clear that the AU in its current form is hopelessly inadequate to solve Africa’s myriad political and economic problems, let alone lead the continent into an elusive new era of prosperity.

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