Odinga condemns African silence

CAPE TOWN
African leaders were on Wednesday rapped over the knuckles for not speaking out on Zimbabwe's flawed election.

The rebuke came from Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the opening session of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, where he shared a platform with President Thabo Mbeki and three other heads of state.

Odinga said things were changing on the continent. Gone were the days when Africa and the rest of the world would look the other way when confronted with the misdeeds of dictators such as Mobutu Sese Seko or Idi Amin.

But still today it’s unfortunate that in an African country elections can be held and no results are announced in more than a month, he said. And African leaders are silent about it.

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