Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Mugabe Must Be Ousted and Put on Trial

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 7th December, 2008

robert-mugabe  The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is right to call on the international community to force out Robert Mugabe, the butcher of Zimbabwe, and being of African origin himself, Archbishop Sentamu cannot be accused by Harare’s propagandists of being part of a British neo-colonial conspiracy. Some other notable African churchmen have added their voices of condemnation — not least former Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa — marching into moral areas where most politicians fear to tread. Just how many people need to die of cholera, on top of the hundreds of thousands of dispossessed and hungry, before the international community will take effective action on Zimbabwe?

Gordon Brown said somewhat limply over the weekend that ‘the world must tell Robert Mugabe that enough is enough’. A good sentiment, certainly, but does 10 Downing Street really think that Mugabe will listen? Of course not. He has run rings around foreign politicians, including the so-called regional mediator, former South African President Thabo Mbeki, as well as the legitimate Zimbabwean opposition. And each day that pases witnesses more deaths and more refugees.

As Nick Clegg rightly told the Daily Mail yesterday, ‘the world has sat idly by whilst Robert Mugabe has brutalised his own people for too long. Economic recession in the West has led the world to avert its gaze from the suffering in Zimbabwe.’ Moreover, Nick said that it is vital that Mugabe should be indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, and that the United Nations should now declare that the use of military force by the international community would be justified in order to protect the Zimbabwean people. New Labour long ago gave up on the late Robin Cook’s concept of an ‘ethical foreign policy’, but the LibDems should shout this line on Zimbabwe from the rooftops, winning respect not only in the UK and the wider world, but especially amongst the suffering masses of Zimbabwe as well.

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2 Responses to “Mugabe Must Be Ousted and Put on Trial”

  1. benjamin kelly said

    put a few snipers in there and turn his lights out.

  2. British-Imposed Sanctions not Mugabe Killing Innocent Zimbabweans

    Throughout the African people’s history of fighting for liberation and human dignity, each gain and breakthrough we have made was mainly due to our ability to overcome our enemy’s overt brutality, deceit and manipulation.Because the colonialists and imperialists have actively engaged in both our physical and mental oppression, the web of deception created by their Media and networks is a crucial and deadly weapon .

    The manner in which the European and British media have reported how cholera is spreading in Zimbabwe not only reveals they enjoy watching a people whom they cannot intimidate and control suffer, but even, more importantly, it is clearly a masquerade by supposedly compassionate human beings who have nothing to do with the problem.

    The Zimbabwean Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr David Parirenyatwa, and his staff deserve ultimate praise, not only for their tireless efforts to maintain Zimbabwe’s broken health infrastructure, but for having the courage and integrity to inform the world that the sanctions — and not negligence or bad governance — are the root cause for problems with the country’s health delivery system.

    While the cholera problem is tragic and deserves our immediate attention, the British government and its supporters (raila Odinga and Co), obsessed with illegal regime change in Zimbabwe, should be the last ones allowed to pass moral judgment on how President Mugabe and Zanu-PF deal with this matter.

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