South African leaders urged the Zimbabwe government to place the interests of their people before their own needs to power. As President Robert Mugabe sits entrenched in power, thousands of his countrymen are dying and the cholera total is at least 600 and rising every day. Mugabe refuses to allow opposition parties to have control over either the army or police because he fears honest police officials will uncover the crimes he and his fellow thugs have kept hidden for years. There are now massive food shortages and millions face the prospect of death by starvation unless something is done. The hospital system has collapsed as has the water system in the capital and disease will spread even more.
Kenyan President Raila Odinga put it clearly by saying it was time for Mugabe to go. “It’s time for African governments to take decisive action to push him from power. Power-sharing is dead in Zimbabwe and will not work with a dictator who does not really believe in power-sharing.” Finally, an honest statement from an African leader.