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Posted by African Press International on June 22, 2008

Things must now be getting topsy turvey in your systems, to an extent that you now mix up issues.Who has brought Zimbabwe to the level you now confess? I did not accept the ineptitude with which tallying the electoral process was done in Kenya, but when our leaders realized that they were engaged in zero some games, they held back, came back to reason, and struck a way forward.

That to me was leadership. And I promptly joined ranks with our PNU guys to work for one Kenya.

Is Mugabe above simple human comprehension? Does he and people like you realize the damage Mugabe has done to Zimbabwe? It all calls for honesty.

Mugabe has been in charge since 1981, or whatever, and he must be held to account for all the mess, just like we would have applauded him for all the success.

When I feel I am right, I never seek solace in collective responsibility.

If stating the simple truths make me less intelligent, then I would rather I am less intelligent and do it right, than be intelligent, and get it all WRONG.

Odhiambo T Oketch
Komarock Nairobi.

On Sun, 6/22/08, Africare- NewPublications <> wrote:

From: Africare- NewPublications <>
Subject: Re: [camnetwork] Re: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwe’s election; an African appeal
Cc: “Camnetwork” <>, “Abuja Nigeria” <>, “Africare Publications” <>, “Voice Of Uganda” <>
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 4:25 AM

Odhiambo, when mothers and fathers are decapitated, what happened to the children?Come on now. The Zimbabwean crisis is deep rooted.

The problems of Zimbabwean children is no different from that of African-American children; or those in Sudan; DR Congo; Somalia; Kenya.

Its about African Human Resources Odhiambo! The destruction of which is the destruction of African children! You are now seeing it playing out in Zimbabwe.


— On Sun, 6/22/08, odhiambo okecth <komarockswatch@> wrote:

From: odhiambo okecth <komarockswatch@>
Subject: Re: [camnetwork] Re: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwe’s election; an African appeal
To: Mwananchi@yahoogrou
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 7:15 AM

Can you honestly trash my take on Zimbabwe? You must be very intelligent then to face the problems even kids encounter on account of Mugabe in Zimbabwe.Oto

— On Sun, 6/22/08, Africare- NewPublications <Africare_np@> wrote:

From: Africare- NewPublications <Africare_np@>
Subject: Re: [camnetwork] Re: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwe’s election; an African appeal
To: Mwananchi@yahoogrou
Cc: “Camnetwork” <camnetwork@yahoogro>, “Abuja Nigeria” <abujanig@yahoogroup>, “Africare Publications” <africare-newpublica tions@yahoogroup>, “Voice Of Uganda” <voice-of-uganda@ googlegroups. com>
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 4:07 AM


From: odhiambo okecth <komarockswatch@>
Subject: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwe’s election; an African appeal
To: “People Foundation” <shoutpeople@>, ied@iedafrica. org, “jaluo” <jaluo@jaluo. com>, “Judy Miriga” <jbatec@yahoo. com>, kenyacitizensassemb ly@yahoogroups. com, kenyaclub@yahoogrou, kesol@tiscali., “kol” <kenyaonline@ yahoogroups. com>, madaraka-kenya@ yahoogroups. com, “mulembe” <mulembe@yahoogroups .com>, “mundia jr” <mundia2@yahoo. com>, “mwananchi” <mwananchi@yahoogrou>, “ncec” <ncec@ncamovement. org>, net-kenya@yahoogrou, next_kenya@yahoogro, “George Nyongesa” <grnyongesa@yahoo. com>, “Oketch Odhiambo” <komarockswatch@>
Cc: sundaynation@ ke, editor@nation.
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 5:03 AM

Apparently Odhiambo is unable to answer that straight question. To drive the message home we even made it succinct thusly “African economic forces“.

Indeed our problems are critical thinking! But Odhiambo is very intelligent for that categorization.


— On Sun, 6/22/08, MsJoe21St@aol. com <MsJoe21St@aol. com> wrote:

From: MsJoe21St@aol. com <MsJoe21St@aol. com>
Subject: Re: [camnetwork] Re: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwe’s election; an African appeal
To: camnetwork@yahoogro, Mwananchi@yahoogrou
Cc: abujanig@yahoogroup, africare-newpublica tions@yahoogroup, voice-of-uganda@ googlegroups. com
Date: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 6:43 AM

ARJP and All:
Sometimes, one wonders about the fate of Africa if we cannot employ critical thinking. You asked a good question. What exactly did Mugabe do besides the land issue? Ethiopia has been at various stages of famine but we hear no stampede of concernedworkers and doers from the West bemoaning- oh our dearCapital.
Lanre asked a question: does Saudi Arabia or Egyptconduct free and fair elections and where are the crippling economic sanctions? When Musharaff aborted the supreme court and jailed the judges, military aid continued to pour into his coffers.
Some people do not seem to understand that Zimbabwe is not an ordinary case; it is a test case of imperial resolve. Of course, baring western manipulations, reasonablepersons such as yourself want free and fair elections for a stable Africa.
In a message dated 6/22/2008 5:52:13 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Africare_np@ writes:
Odhiambo,Zimbabwe crisi. Is it about Mugabe or western machinations?

Can we Africans, before blindly critiquing Mugabe, spell out clearly what the man has done to destroy the economy? In other words, what African economic forces were there and operating effectively that president Mugabe destroyed, leading to the country’s economic collapsed?


— On Sun, 6/22/08, odhiambo okecth <komarockswatch@> wrote:


The case of Zimbabwe is now beyond the call for more sanctions as some African leaders are calling.Over the years, sanctions on Zimbabwe is hurting the common man, who now finds himself unable to buy common household items. The prices of all items is way too much, and inflation is beyond common sense.

What we need in Zimbabwe is simple; drive Mugabe out of town, and save the people from this man.

Mugabe is an eyesore. He is worse than all the common dictators that have ever ruled in Africa. If the world could unite against Saddam Hussein, and Saddam never ruined Iraq the way Mugabe has ruined Zimbabwe, then why can the world not unite against Mugabe and send him packing?

In 1981 when Zimbabwe attained Independence, that country was the jewel of Africa. Who could imagine that Zimbabwe could be driven down so massively in such a short while?

The damage Mugabe has inflicted on the people of Zimbabwe defies any more call for sanctions; it defies any human reasoning; it defies being nice to the man who has brought this on the people of Zimbabwe. Maybe the man is not human, after all.

The world must unite to drive Mugabe out of Zimbabwe, no more talk.

Odhiambo T Oketch
Komarock Nairobi.

— On Sat, 6/21/08, Chifu <chifu2222@gmail. com> wrote:
From: Chifu <chifu2222@gmail. com>
Subject: [Mwananchi] Zimbabwes election: an African appeal
To: Mwananchi@yahoogrou
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 11:58 PM

Zimbabwe’s election: an African appeal

African civil-society leaders, uniting to call for a free election
process and an end to violence in Zimbabwe, invite members of the
global public to support an open letter

It is crucial for the interests of both Zimbabwe and Africa that the
elections on 27 June 2008 are free and fair.

Zimbabweans fought for liberation in order to be able to determine
their own future. Great sacrifices were made during the liberation
struggle. To live up to the aspirations of those who sacrificed, it is
vital that nothing is done to deny the legitimate expression of the
will of the people of Zimbabwe.

As Africans we consider the forthcoming elections to be critical. We
are aware of the attention of the world. More significantly we are
conscious of the huge number of Africans who want to see a stable,
democratic and peaceful Zimbabwe.

Consequently, we are deeply troubled by the current reports of
intimidation, harassment and violence. It is vital that the
appropriate conditions are created so that the presidential run-off is
conducted in a peaceful, free and fair manner. Only then can the
political parties conduct their election campaigning in a way that
enables the citizens to express freely their political will.

In this context, we call for an end to the violence and intimidation,
and the restoration of full access for humanitarian and aid agencies.

To this end it will be necessary to have an adequate number of
independent electoral observers, both during the election process and
to verify the results.

Whatever the outcome of the election, it will be vital for all
Zimbabweans to come together in a spirit of reconciliation to secure
Zimbabwe’s future.

We further call upon African leaders at all levels – pan-African,
regional and national – and their institutions to ensure the
achievement of these objectives.

All the initial signatories of this letter have added their names in a
personal capacity rather than in their organisational role.

All individual members of the global public, and civil-society groups,
are invited to endorse the letter here. This appeal is an African
initiative supported by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation The signatories are:

Abdusalami Alhaji Abubakar, former president of Nigeria (1998-99)

Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations
(1997-2007), Nobel laureate and member of The Elders

Kwame Appiah, Laurence S. Rockefeller professor of philosophy at
Princeton University

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary-general of the United Nations

Lakhdar Brahimi, former United Nations special representative for
Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq and South Africa, and member of The Elders

Pierre Buyoya, former president of Burundi (1987-93, 1996-2003)

Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique (1986-2005)

Achmat Dangor, author and chief executive of the Nelson Mandela
Children’s Fund

John Githongo, former permanent secretary for governance and ethics in

Richard Goldstone, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South

Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel International and founder of the Mo
Ibrahim Foundation

Sam Jonah Former, chief executive of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation

William Kalema, chairman of the Uganda Investment Authority

Among openDemocracy’ s many articles on Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe:

Bev Clark, “Mass evictions in Zimbabwe” (13 June 2005),

Netsai Mushonga, ” Two nights in Harare’s police cells” (5 December 2005),

Andrew Meldrum, ” Zimbabwe between past and future” (23 June 2006),

Conor O’Loughlin, ” Zimbabwean travails” (13 September 2006),

Wilf Mbanga, ” Happy birthday, Robert Mugabe” (21 February 2007),

Stephen Chan, ” Farewell, Robert Mugabe” (20 March 2007),

Michael Holman, ” Dizzy worms in Zimbabwe” (13 September 2007), The

” Zimbabwe votes – and waits” (31 March 2008), Wilf Mbanga,

” Zimbabwe’s unfolding drama” (7 April 2008), Roger Southall,

” South Africa and Zimbabwe: the end of `quiet diplomacy’?” (29 April

Kenneth David Kaunda, former president of Zambia (1964-91)

Angelique Kidjo, musician and Unicef goodwill ambassador

Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and Nobel laureate

Graa Machel, president of the Foundation for Community Development
and member of The Elders

Thabo Cecil Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town

Ketumile Masire, former president of Botswana (1980-98)

Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the South African Institute of
International Affairs

Benjamin William Mkapa, former president of Tanzania (1995-2005)

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana (1998-2008)

Antnio Mascarenhas Monteiro, former president of Cape Verde (1991-2001)

Elson Bakili Muluzi, former president of Malawi (1994-2004)

Ali Hassan Mwinyi, former president of Tanzania (1985-95)

Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general of Civicus

Domitien Ndayizeye, former president of Burundi (2003 – 05)

Babacar Ndiaye, former president of the African Development Bank

Youssou N’Dour, musician and Unicef goodwill ambassador

Njongonkulu Ndungane, former Archbishop of Cape Town and founder of
the African Monitor

Moustapha Niasse, former prime minister of Senegal (1983, 2000-01)

Loyiso Nongxa, vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the

Karl Offmann, former president of Mauritius (2002-03)

Mamphela Ramphele, former managing director of the World Bank and
former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town

Jerry John Rawlings, former President of Ghana (1993-2001)

Johann Rupert, chairman of Remgro Limited

Mohammed Sahnoun, former UN/OAU special representative for the Great
Lakes region of Africa and former assistant secretary-general of the OAU

Salim Ahmed Salim, former prime minister of Tanzania (1994-95) and
former secretary-general of the OAU (1989-2001)

John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Nicphore Dieudonn Soglo. former president of Benin (1991-96)

Miguel Trovoada, former president of So Tom & Prncipe (1991-2001)

Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate and chairman of The Elders

Cassam Uteem, former president of Mauritius (1992-2002)

Zwelinzima Vavi, general-secretary of the Congress of South African
Trade Unions (Cosatu)

Joseph Sinde Warioba, former prime minister of Tanzania (1985-90)



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