Kenyan PM Turns Up the Heat on Mugabe
Posted on Dec 4, 2008
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.
“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.
AP photo / Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
President non grata: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.