Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We are alone

If anyone had clutched on the hope that African leaders who met in Egypt would "do something", well, I think it is time we bring in reality. Considering that some African governments (including Mugabe's ancestral Malawi) were represented at the "inaugeration", it was really a desperate hope by any standard.

Think about it, expecting a single African leader to condemn what is happening in Zimbabwe is like expecting Ike Turner to denounce Mike Tyson for beating up Robin Givens. Or George Bush to complain about religious fanatics with bombs.

For starters, the host country is in the same situation. Mubarak (his name means Blessed, so he would be Bule if he was a Zimba) also likes to host critics in the country's jails. Not only that, but Mubarak doesn't even think his country is in Africa. This opinion was also shared by the other Mugabe-fan, Muammar Qaddafi, until he realised that only African states were prepared to defy American sanctions against him, while the Arabs were most certainly not.

Kenya's Prime Minister did have some words, but what are they in the face of much congratulating and applauding by the other African rulers? Conspiracy theorists are going to speculate on why the other African leader who has also raised a voice of reason, Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, suddenly fell ill and could not attend the summit. Remember something like that happened at Lancaster House, and that is how we ended up with Mugabe?

More fodder for conspiracy theorists; Omar Bongo of Gabon is a Freemason, as is Mubarak himself.

Back to the real world, where does this summit leave us? With the realisation that we are on our own. No one is going to come to our rescue, not the African Union. With its decision is sealed the fate of not only Zimbabwe, but all the other parts of this continent that are feeling the boot of a dictator.

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