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Kenyan PM Turns Up the Heat on Mugabe

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Posted on Dec 4, 2008
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President non grata: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.

If there was ever any doubt that Zimbabwe’s longtime proto-dictator, President Robert Mugabe, wouldn’t exactly take to anything resembling a “power-sharing arrangement,” that doubt has vanished along with the hope that Mugabe would actually work with his political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai. Now, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is sounding a forceful call to other African leaders to effectively force Mugabe out of office by refusing to cooperate with him.


BBC:

“It’s time for African governments ... to push him out of power,” Mr Odinga said after talks with Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwe is in political deadlock over a unity coalition government deal.

State media reported the arrest of 10 soldiers who allegedly ran amok in the capital Harare on Monday because a bank had no money to pay their wages. Six other soldiers accused of looting last week had also been held.

Meanwhile, a cholera outbreak has killed hundreds of people.

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