Liberation leaders who become tyrants

Rev Kenneth Meshoe, M.P. and Leader of the ACDP.
African Christian Democratic Party.

ACDP says liberation struggle leaders who become tyrants and brutalise the people they liberated should not be supported by any peace loving Africans.

 

* applauds the Presidents of Zambia, Botswana and Tanzania for their stand in defence of democracy in Zimbabwe and decries the apparent liberation leaders’ pact in SADC.

*Leaders that came from the bush must accept that the time comes when they must be replaced by those who were not in the bush.

* ACDP reiterates its call for immediate intervention in Zimbabwe especially in light of the proposed presidential rerun vote which we believe will not be free and fair in light of the persecution.

        

Rev Kenneth Meshoe, M.P. and Leader of the ACDP today applauded the Presidents of Zambia, Botswana and Tanzania for their stand in defence of democracy in Zimbabwe and decries the apparent liberation leaders’ pact in SADC which enforces support for leaders who have become tyrants and are brutalising the very people they liberated.

The ACDP is disappointed to see reports that only three SADC leaders, President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and

President Ian Khama of Botswana, have demanded intervention in Zimbabwe because they have acknowledged that there is a crisis in that country that warrants immediate intervention.  

The reports and pictures we see on television, of people brutalised by ZANU-PF supporters for not voting for Robert Mugabe, must move anybody whose heart is not hard. Such reports raise serious concern about what sort of leadership we have on the continent that allows such things to happen.

The ACDP salutes the three presidents who have the guts, the courage and the independence of mind to stand up and demand intervention. Accusations against the chairperson of SADC, President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia, who is a vocal critic of Mugabe, that he is an agent of neo-colonialism, are unjustified and unacceptable.

To accuse anyone of being an agent of neo-colonialism for differing with liberation struggle leaders is nonsense. We believe that Africa needs more courageous leaders like President Mwanawasa who will break ranks when a fellow leader is out of order.

The ACDP supports the Mocambique human rights league (LDH)  that has urged SADC leadership to publicly condemn Robert Mugabe’s intentions to cling to power using fraudulent means.

We agree with the reported allegations by the LDH President, Alice Mobota, who said that the regional SADC leadership has failed to confront Mugabe because of what she calls a co-operative pact’ by an alliance of liberation struggle leaders who plan to be loyal and faithful to each other to the end.

The ACDP believes that liberation struggle leaders who become tyrants and brutalise the people they liberated should not be supported by any peace loving Africans.

While we acknowledge and respect the role they played during the liberation struggle, they must understand that they cannot rule forever in a democratic state. Those who came from the bush must accept that the time comes when they must be replaced by those who were not in the bush.

The ACDP reiterates its call for immediate intervention in Zimbabwe especially in light of the proposed presidential rerun vote which we believe will not be free and fair in light of the persecution.

Zimbabwe urgently needs a credible mediator who is not part of the co-operative pact that is constantly attacking voices of reason such as that of the Zambian President, Levy Mwanawasa.

For more information, contact:

Rev Kenneth Meshoe, M.P. and Head of the ACDP,

082 962 5884

Or

Ms Libby Norton

ACDP Press Attaché,

Parliament.

07 25 70 6361

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