PM Raila Odinga has urged African leaders to remove Robert Mugabe from power after refusing to share power. After talks with Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Nairobi today, Raila (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7764883.stm) observed that Mr Mugabe had no interest in sharing power.
The Kenyan power-sharing model seems to be a kite that never left the ground. As they said Mugabe is no Kibaki and even more succinctly Zimbabwe is no Kenya. And didn’t Kenyans refer to Tsvangirai as a democrat worth emulating? Well, a kick in the mouth that leaves you toothless must be the ultimate prize in that game. We should know better.
The misplaced mentality of ENTITLEMENT will never make Robert Gabriel Mugabe imagine Zimbabwe without him. In his mind and those of his CRONIES Zimbabwe is synonymous with Mugabe, PERIOD. And he is in good company with hollow African pride in which you serially rape your own subjects while shouting at anybody daring you to stop.
So is Raila’s call for African governments to take decisive action to push Mugabe out of power mere wishful thinking or a simple consolation to a battered colleague Morgan? Well, the jury is already out roaming and we haven’t seen the last of Bob and his myriad platoon of dinosaurs.