Mugabe escapes SADC censure

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seems to have escaped censure from
his Southern African peers today in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo – but at least for now.

Reports from Kinshasa quoting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai spokesperson saying leaders have resolved to “hold a special summit on Zimbabwe.”

James Maridadi is quoted saying, “Zimbabwe is not on the agenda. It is clearly not on the agenda… It will need its own extraordinary summit,”

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is handing over SADC chairmanship to young Congolese President Joseph Kabila. Political commentators say Zuma “is unlikely to win support from Kabila.”

Zimbabwe supported Congo’s government in a four-year war, fought against rebels backed by neighboring Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, which ended in 2002.

If Zuma gets a cold shoulder from Kabila he might end up leading an effort to solve the Zimbabwean crisis separately from the regional body.

The Kinshasa summit is still in progress.

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