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AU must act on Zimbabwe!

DEAR Sir,

 

It was very timely that you devoted the editorial column of your two weeks ago issue of the Spectator to raising concerns about the disputed Zimbabwean presidential election. In fact there are no two ways about your standpoint that “Zimbabwe’s electoral process is palpably flawed in the sense that election results that should be announced to set minds at rest have taken too long for comfort”

 

Permit me a space, however, to add my voice to the editorial by saying that change, for now, remains the sole panacea to redeem the restive country from her current woes and restore her to normalcy. There are very pressing issues, predominantly emanating from the country’s political leadership, which are directly responsible for the calamitous situation faced by Zimbabwe. In truth the primary cause is found in the government’s gross disrespect for democracy.

 

The reality of life in the country today is that of gloom and despair. The truth is that democratic transition via a free and fair universal suffrage is increasingly becoming a distant reality, according to recent media reports about President Mugabe’s call for a second round of voting.

 

But just as Martin Luther king jnr said that “we will have to repent in this generation not merely because for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people”, the international community, especially the African Union, should stage a swift intervention to ensure a timely declaration of the election results to set minds at ease. Let us not put on our usual ‘I don’t care’ spectacles until the country plunges into the unexpected scenario characteristic of most disputed elections on the continent.

 

 According to William James, “the art of being wise is knowing what to overlook” and this is not an issue to overlook. African leaders should rise up to forestall yet another ‘war’ after the Kibaki-Odinga issue because when two elephants fight….

 

jmsobeng@yahoo.com

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September 19, 2008 - Posted by | Features, Opinions

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