Saturday, 26 April 2008

Morgan Tsvangirai's Faux Pas

Leadership (Abuja)

25 April 2008
Posted to the web 25 April 2008

Last week, the Movement for Democratic Change flagbearer was at the Ota Farm of erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is yet to extricate himself from charges of corruption and misgovernance.

It is a diplomatic gaffe in Africa that people with unimpeachable democratic credentials, like Joaquim Chissano, and Nelson Mandela were side-stepped for Obasanjo who lacks the moral stature to mediate in the logjam. Tsvangirai is only confirming that he truly is a lackey of the West who wants to dislodge Mugabe and rein in their gofer. Clearly, Zimbabweans need an alternative opposition leader.

Diplomacy, high integrity, sagacity, selflessness and candour stand people out as non-governmental persons. They act, speak and mediate as moral authorities in international relations. Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader and assumed winner of the March 29 presidential election in Zimbabwe, has embarked on diplomatic shuttles to drum up support for the release of his 'caged' mandate.

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