Unfree and unfair in Zimbabwe

2008-03-21 00:00

For anyone concerned that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe might get away with yet another stolen election, it is a great relief to know that the election has been declared “free and fair”. That’s the assessment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the South African government.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi this week summed it up succinctly for the Mugabe acolytes in the African National Congress and SADC. Mugabe should be allowed to stay in power until he dies and not be “disturbed” by elections, Gaddafi said. African governments should ignore attempts by the former colonial powers to compel the adoption of democracy, a system of government that is not viable on the continent.

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