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European Union Supports Zimbabwe Mediation

South Africa and the European Union concluded a landmark summit meeting in which the EU endorsed efforts by President Mbeki of South Africa to serve as a mediator in the difficult situation posed by chaos in Zimbabwe. Nicolas Sarkozy, whose nation holds the EU presidency offered strong support for mediation efforts admitting his fury at the brutality of President Mugabe made him unable to have any relations with such a tryant. The European Union has extended its economic sanctions against Zimbabwe but Sarkozy said it might be possible to rethink those actions if mediation results in ending the tyranny of Mugabe. South African President Mbeki, who has come under strong criticism on the part of democratic forces in Zimbabwe for his ongoing support for Mugabe, emphasized both major parties had to share power and violence had to end.

However, as the summit concluded, the Zimbabwe government issued an announcement that Mugabe’s controversial election as president was a “non-negotiable” issue. Of course, the key issue is that election was the result of fraud and violence and it must be negotiated if Zimbabweans are to have peace and freedom.

Zimbabwe Style Election -Winner Is The Loser!

Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe won the most votes in the presidential election, but, according to the rules of elections as practiced by President Robert Mugabe, the real intention of voters in casting more votes for his opponent was to let the world know they really wanted Mubage to remain in office. Tsvangirai is now in South Africa in an attempt to get other African nations to exert pressure on Mugabe. South African President Mibeki was of little assistance since his basic response was the situation in Zmbabwe was “manageable,” whatever they means. However, Jacob Zuma, leader of the African National Congress condemned refusal on the part of the Zimbabwe government to release voting figures even though 10 days have passed. Zuma made it clear that keeping the people of Zimbabwe and the international community in suspense was “wrong.”

In the meantime, thugs are beating up people in areas where there was strong opposition to the president and the Zimbabwe Election Commission told the courts they are unable to release the voting tallies due to pressure being exerted on them by the president.

Jacob Zuma Faces New Corruption Charges In South Africa

Last week, the African National Congress selected Jacob Zuma as its leader, which ordinarily, given the party’s domination of South African politics, is a first step toward becoming president of the nation. However, South African prosecutors yesterday levied new charges of money laundering, tax evasion, and racketeering to go along with and earlier indictment of fraud and corruption. President Mbeki, a political opponent of Zuma, had fired him as the deputy leader of the nation after he was acquitted on rape charges, but his financial advisor was sent to jail for soliciting bribes. The new indictment was denounced by many sectors of the African National Congress as stemming from a vendetta by President Mibeki.

Ironically, all players in this crime drama belong to the same political organization– the African National Congress. Zuma’s trial will begin in April, 2008 and he has promised to step down from running for the presidency if he is convicted. Although, he has made that promise not all observers believe he will carry it out. Jacob Zuma plays the role of radical reformer who is on the side of the average African. This performance has gotten him popularity, but along the way, there are simply too many charges and indictments to make him other than a dubious leader of a nation that holds the mantle as conscience of the African continent. A true leader would retire gracefully from the scene, don’t hold your breath for this happening in the near future, regardless of the outcome of his trial.