SADC: Another step backwards
Was Mozambican President Guebuza being just a tad mischievous when he congratulated Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on his political longevity at this week’s SADC summit?
Or was it just projection between sentimental constitutional democrats, desperately seeking meaning in yet another uninspiring gathering of this listless organisation?
The summit adopted a draft protocol on the SADC Tribunal, which ‘neutered’ the court by stripping it of its real power – which is to hear complaints by SADC citizens against their own governments.
And so, in the end, it was worse than just ‘another hollow summit,’ as one newspaper headline put it. It was another step backwards for the rule of law.