Mugabe walks out on SADC

JOHANNESBURG - President Robert Mugabe allegedly left the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit in a huff last week after regional leaders told him his controversial policies were scaring investors away from the region. Mugabe, one of the few remaining of Africa's old style "big me

n” rulers and the second longest serving president in the region, left early on Friday after only attending part of the regional leaders’ summit held in the Lesotho capital of Maseru. But Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili rejected claims Mugabe’s departure was because he was unhappy at his colleagues raising concern about his government’s policies. Mosisili told observers and the media not to read too much in the early departure saying Mugabe “is not a young man, is over 80 and surely the old man is slowing down.” The Prime Minister also claimed that the summit – which had said it would hold a special session on Zimbabwe and also troubled Swaziland – had made progress in resolving Zimbabwe’s crisis. Political analysts blame SADC especially South Africa, the region’s largest economy, of not doing enough to push Mugabe to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in order to re-integrate isolated Zimbabwe into the international community.- ZimOnline

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