Thursday, January 29, 2009


SADC Summit fails Zimbabwe, focus shifts to African Union

Zimbabwe Information Centre Inc, Australia, January 28, 2009

The poverty of leadership at the Southern African Development Community was rudely exposed this week when its leaders claimed they had resolved the crisis in Zimbabwe, and the party which won the march 29 2008 elections there said the opposite. The Movement for Democratic

Change will hold a meeting this Friday to determine its response, but the immediate focus will be the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa from February 1-3, 2009.

Reported cases of cholera have now passed 53,000 and the number dead is more than 2,800.

This is worse than the death toll from three weeks of intensive Israeli bombardment and assaults on the population of Gaza.

Despite dire predictions that it had been beaten into submission, MDC held to its principled stand that the people of Zimbabwe need urgent help and that it can only come from a government where MDC has real power to make change. MDC deserves admiration for this constancy, but more so, it needs the urgent support of the African Union to end the deadly farce presided over by SADC and Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF.