Does it really matter to snub Mugabe?
Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, was conspicuously absent from this month’s, first ever US-Africa summit. Reason: facing US sanctions for poor governance and human rights violations.
Actually Mugabe pulled a hat trick in 2013: he won the election; became the world’s oldest president at 89; and assumed the SADC Deputy Chair, even before he took oath of office.
AU and SADC should have ensured free and fair elections in Zimbabwe 2013. However, the AU has inherent weaknesses regarding intervening in domestic stalemates as in Zimbabwe and Cote d’Ivoire.
SADC should strengthen rules regarding elections, citizens’ rights in electoral processes and SADC’s enforcement role. Moreover, SADC and the AU should revise their approaches to state sovereignty.