“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, do swear that I will truly serve in the office of president, so help me God,” he said somberly as he stood before a white-wigged judge under a red-carpeted tent at his official residence in Harare.
So began the 84-year-old Mr. Mugabe’s sixth term as president, the victor in an election many world leaders have denounced as illegitimate. So begins another era of selfishness, so ushers in another season of tyranny.
The run-off in Zimbabwe election has enjoyed wide criticisms from within and outside Africa. Observers from Southern African Development community (a bloc of 14 nations) concluded in a statement that the election did not represent the will of the people of Zimbabwe.
Mugabe would now attend the AU summit in Egypt on Monday to face his counterparts from other countries, I was thinking what the atmosphere would be since his opposition Morgan Tsvangiria has filed a petition asking the AU heads to disregard the election and results and appoint a mediator who would find a negotiated way out of the torn state of the nation.
Tsvangiria who won 48% to Mr Mugabe 43% in the general elections in March 2008, would not be attending the meeting in Egypt as the Zimbabwean authorities have refused to return his passport to him since he turned it in to have pages added. Also he has for over the past weeks sought refuge in the Dutch embassy to save his life as opposition have resorted to violent means. He believes strongly that the AU should be able to resolve the issue in a bid to sustain democracy in the continent. Continue reading