The African way of handling voter rejection

2008-01-05 00:00

It is not as if President Thabo Mbeki doesn’t have enough problems. Now the democratisation of Africa, one of his pet out-of-town projects — to the detriment of holding his internal party power-base — is unravelling. The past weeks have been disillusioning for those who swallowed the beguiling African Renaissance stardust that Mbeki sprinkled so assiduously.

Hundreds of Kenyans have died. In spite of the intervention of the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the United States — all undeterred by their abject failures in other genocidal African nations such as Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi — more will die in the coming days. Tribal enmities are being fanned to the point of civil war and the Kenyan dream of a functioning democracy is again in tatters.

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