Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Stop This Monster From Travelling To Portugal
The world that we live in sometimes beggars belief, Mugabe a demagogic dictator who policies of political patronage and kleptocrasy has destroyed the economy of Zimbabwe
There is a proposed EU-African Union summit due to be held in Lisbon later this year another get together for legions of aid bureaucrats that travel the world in a whirl of per diems and poverty-eradication conferences which accomplish nothing. The Portuguese are desperate for the summit to go ahead. They know Mugabe should not attend but fear an African Union boycott if he is excluded. There is travel ban in place under the EU targeted personal sanctions that prevent Mugabe and his goons to travel within the EU. Twice he has made a mockery of the light travel ban, to attend UN meetings, he is expected to do it again. The other EU leaders should make it clear to the Portuguese government that they will not attend if Mugabe is allowed to attend. As for the African Union if they boycott the summit because of the exclusion of Mugabe then it just confirms the obvious that Africa is full of dictators who go out of their way to protect their own, just as they did at the extra-ordinary SADC summit in Tanzania earlier this year following the violent crackdown by a desperate regime trying to cling power at all cost. Maybe the cost of travel from various African countries might be used for noble purposes like provision of clean water, shelter and education.