DESMOND TUTU BACKS FORCEFUL REMOVAL OF MUGABE


Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe must resign or be sent to The Hague for the “gross violations” he has committed, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said. The Nobel Prize winner also told Dutch television that Mr Mugabe should be removed by force if he refuses to go.

On Thursday, Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga said African governments should oust Zimbabwe’s leader. Archbishop Tutu said Mr Mugabe had ruined “a wonderful country”, turning a “bread-basket” into a “basket case”.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said it is “well past time” for Mr Mugabe to go, saying a “sham election” has been followed by a “sham process of power-sharing talks”.

Zimbabwe has declared a national emergency over the cholera outbreak, which has killed at least 565 people – the most deadly in the country’s history.

Health workers say the collapse of the health systems and the water supply in the capital, Harare, are major reasons why the epidemic has killed so many people.

Mr Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed to share power in September to tackle the country’s economic meltdown but they have been unable to agree on the allocation of cabinet posts.

The deadlocked agreement followed disputed elections, which both men claimed to have won.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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