African leaders restrained in criticizing Mugabe
AFRICAN leaders attending the African Union summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were restrained in their criticism of President Robert Mugabe of as expected by critics of the Zimbabwean leader.
President Mugabe who presented himself before African leaders Monday had vowed to confront African critics who call his 28-year rule illegitimate.
Many of the comments made by African heads of states were restrained according to sources in Sharm el-Sheikh.
It was reported that in opening remarks, African presidents cited a series of clashes between Djibouti and Eritrea several times more than they mentioned the situation in Zimbabwe.
“Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the summit’s host, did not include Zimbabwe in the ranks of nations whose problems he said the African bloc must address,” said a report by the online version of the Washington Post.
“The African leaders made no immediate public statements on the validity of the Zimbabwe elections.”
“I’d like to congratulate the Zimbabwe people on their success, but I’d also like to commiserate with them in their suffering,” Tanzanian President and current chair of the African Union, Jakaya Kikwete said to the leaders.
“We would also like to ask the international community to work with SADC (the Southern African Development Community) to find a solution to the problem”.