Monday, August 25

SADC Set to Snub Mugabe Again
ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe's regional peers are set to snub him by denying him the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community - for the second year in a row.


Update: Mugabe met with wild enthusiasm
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe - reviled by the west - was greeted by screams, clapping and ululation in Dar es Salaam on Monday at the opening of a summit of southern African countries.

Thats what you get for wishfull thinking.

Update: African leaders ask EU to lift Zimbabwe sanctions
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) backed Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean President's, controversial land reforms and said so-called "smart sanctions" on Harare were ineffective, unwarranted and hurt ordinary people.

"Those sanctions should be lifted now. The quicker they are lifted, the quicker more influence for positive growth and change can emerge," said Benjamin Mkapa, the Tanzanian President and SADC's chairperson. Mugabe sat on the podium smiling as Mkapa, who took over the chair from Angola's Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, spoke at the community's annual summit in Tanzania.

This is disturbing. From planning to snub Mugabe to active support for his regime. Seems like Mugabe hasnt given up anything either. Early days but looks like a 'win' for Bob.


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