The African leaders who drove independence from colonial powers have a rather mythical status in much of Africa.
Fact and detail is lost and their faults are ignored, in most of Africa this is of little importance as those leaders are now historic figures. In the case of Zimbabwe this near mythical status has help keep Mugabe in power. Many of those voting for Zanu-PF will have done so because of what Mugabe was in the 1970s and 1980s.
For too long there has been an unwillingness within African governments to criticise Mugabe and his actions. The recent period of violence and intimidation has been so extreme that this unwillingness has begun to crumble.
The ANC have said they are "dismayed" by the recent actions, although Mbeki has publicly defended Mugabe in the recent past. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, of Angola urged him to "embrace a spirit of tolerance", this is not good enough. Powerful voices in Africa must publicly and unambiguously condemn Mugabe and his regime. A failure to do so will be seen as culpability in the evilness that he is perpetrating.
African governance has a chance to show some maturity, I pray that it is not an opportunity missed.
Hammond's ECHR Warning
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