Mugabe is known throughout the world as a tyrant who has destroyed a prosperous economy and cheated his way to power in successive elections. Despite this and the thousands of deaths he has caused amongst the black population of his country, he is still revered by many Africans as some sort of hero because he cocks a snoop, pulls faces and shouts at the former colonial master.
Now, with Mugabe about to steal another election, isn't it about time Africa grew up ?
The fact that the African Election Observers declared the election to be free and fair before the results were even announced says something about Africa's attitude towards Mugabe. How can you say an election was fair since a key part of the election is checking that the votes are counted fairly and accurately. The African Election observers were nothing more than a rubber stamp for Mugabe and were simply window dressing designed to legitimise mass fraud.
Africa, if it is to be seen as a modern vibrant place that should be seen as the equal (rightly so) of the rest of the world, needs to stand up and be counted. Zimbabwe's neighbours need to make clear that a stolen election is not acceptable and put aside Mugabe's rhetoric about Britain, and accept that he is a criminal and his time is up.