Kenyan PM calls for suspension of Mugabe from African Union

Raila Odinga, the Kenyan Prime Minister, has said that Robert Mugabe should be suspended from the African Union until he allows free elections to take place in his country. He has said that the AU ” should suspend him [Mugabe] and send peace forces to Zimbabwe to ensure free and fair elections.”

Odinga continued, “[The] African Union will be setting a dangerous precedent if Mugabe is allowed to participate in its meetings,” he said. “Right now Mugabe is a crisis, they have no president with legitimacy to run the country.”

Robert Mugabe was recently under a large amount of pressure to postpone the election after the main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, pulled out due to fears of violence. For example, Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations yesterday called for the election to be postponed. He said that he “strongly supports the statement of the Chairman of SADC (Southern African Development Community) that conditions do not exist for a run-off election to be held at this time and that they should be postponed.”

Mugabe yesterday claimed the the current results show that he will have a ‘sweeping victory’ in the unopposed presidential run-off elections. He announced his victory on one of the state run television networks. “The returns show that we are winning convincingly, that we have won in all the 26 constituencies in Harare, an MDC stronghold where we won in only one constituency in March.”

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