Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mbeki not invited

Ha! Perhaps the amoeba in his skull that passes for a brain will understand the gesture by these three countries.

Not inviting ‘Mbeki the mediator’ to talks about Zim is a punch in the guts that Mbeki deserves.

He has been dishonest, certainly not impartial and blatantly colluding with Mad Bob - and other African leaders see it and want nothing of it. Good for them.

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South African President Thabo Mbeki has not been invited to a meeting of regional leaders on security Wednesday in Swaziland to discuss Zimbabwe and will not be attending, his spokesman said.

"No, he is not attending, this is a meeting of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) troika. President Mbeki is not a member of the troika.

President Mbeki has not been invited to the meeting,'' spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga said. The troika, which is the SADC's security organ, comprises Swaziland, Angola and Tanzania.

A statement from the Tanzanian presidency on Tuesday had said Mbeki, the mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis, would attend the emergency meeting in Mbabane alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Zambian President and SADC chairman Levi Mwanawasa.

"The agenda of the meeting will centre on how SADC will help Zimbabwe to recover from a crisis it is currently facing ahead of the forthcoming presidential elections,'' it added.

On Tuesday President Robert Mugabe's government vowed to go ahead with a presidential run-off election on Friday despite the withdrawal of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai, citing political violence against his supporters.

Tsvangirai, who is holed up in the Dutch embassy in Harare, quit the race in an official letter to the electoral commission Tuesday.

The opposition pull-out has laid out a possible victory by default for veteran leader Mugabe, in power since 1980.

The summit comes as SADC is facing a storm of criticism for its failure to ensure transparent and violence-free elections in member Zimbabwe.

Several Western nations, including Britain and the United States, have urged the world to isolate Mugabe and declare his presidency illegitimate if a free and fair ballot fails to be held.

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