The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) said because of clear signals Mugabe received from a summit of regional leaders last week – that said he could proceed to convene parliament before concluding power-sharing talks with the opposition – he was now on a drive to secure power to the exclusion of the main opposition MDC party.
The unions said in a statement: Mugabe believes he can get away with this manoeuvre because of the clear signal he received from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – when they paraded him as head of state at the Summit on 16-17 August – that he should go right on. Â
It was the worst possible message they could have given. The African Union is also treating him as a head of state and he is eagerly awaiting his next invitation.
COSATU – a longtime vocal opponent of Mugabe’s controversial rule – insists that the veteran Zimbabwean leader is illegitimately in power after his re-election in a June presidential run-off election boycotted by the opposition because of political violence. – ZimOnlinePost published in: News