02 April 2007

Forgive and Forget?

The leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, says President Robert Mugabe should get immunity from prosecution in order to encourage him to step down.

Despite his repeated arrests and recent mistreatment, the opposition leader says "Retribution is no solution," adding that no amount of retribution would compensate for the costs and the pain of Mugabe's rule.

However, this is not the first time such an offer has been extended, so there is no reason to suppose the ruling Zanu-PF party is ready to abandon the dictator just yet, especially since they have only just given their backing for Mugabe to run as their candidate in the 2008 presidential elections.


Andrew Kennedy said...

Perhaps they should set-up a "truth and reconciliation" committee under the Chairmanship of Archbishop Bernard Malango.

By the time the Anglicans form a committee, row about the constitution, disagree on it's terms of reference and procrastinate over the final report (no doubt delaying publication until after the Lambeth Conference of 2018 in case the findings cause a row) the evil tyrant will be dead and will never have to face justice for his crimes.

Bel said...

Apart from Bokassa of Central African Republic, who was sentenced to death in absentia, I cannot recall any African leader ever facing trial for anything.

Oh there were the Ghanaian leaders who were tried by Jerry Rawlins.

Mugabe will not be tried, even if he steps down. Except maybe if he sets foot outside the country, Pinochet style.