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How has the G8 delivered on its Africa Action Plan?

July 7, 2008

g8_bush_kikwete.jpgThis week’s G8 summit in Japan marks 6 years since the group of the world’s top industrial nations adopted a comprehensive action plan to support initiatives to spur the development of Africa. The G8 Africa Action Plan adopted at a summit in Kananaskis, Canada, in 2002 was seen as the biggest boost to Africa’s own home-grown development initiative, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD. The G8 Plan pledges to help Africa tackle the main obstacles to its development — from promoting peace and security, to boosting trade and implementing debt relief to expanding education, health facilities and fighting HIV/AIDS.

As a followup to the Action Plan, the G8 at its 2005 summit in Scotland agreed to double aid by 2010 to $50 billion, half of which would go to Africa. But as G8 leaders prepared  for this year’s summit in Japan, the Africa Progress Panel set up to monitor implementation of the 2005 commitments issued a gloomy report last month. It said under current spending the G8 would fall $40 billion short of its target. Other aid agency officials accused the G8 of backtracking on its pledges to Africa.

But some analysts argue that agreements reached at the 2005 summit were just a part of the G8 Africa Action Plan which offers a far more comprehensive framework for dealing with the continent’s problems. Britain under Prime Minister Tony Blair played a leading role in placing Africa’s problems at the top of the G8 agenda. The UK progress report details London’s implementation of the G8 Action Plan including its role as lead international partner in Sierra Leone after helping to end civil war in the former colony in 2002. US President George W. Bush has won praise in Africa for commiting more of the administrations’s resources to Africa’s war against HIV/AIDS.

But overall, has the G8 kept faith with Africa in the implementation of the Africa Action Plan? How have the decisions of the G8 helped your country or your personal life? Has NEPAD shown enough capacity to keep the G8 focused on its pledges? Is the G8 likely to switch its focus from Africa to more pressing global issues like soaring oil prices and the threat of inflation and recession in its own member countries? Have your say.

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It is all very well for African leaders to ask the G8 leaders to honour their aid pledges; they too must honour their pledge of good governance made to their people and the world at large. We have all been here before, haven’t we!

Increased aid will not improve the lot in Africa until something is done to end the waste of resources, including aid, in Africa’s institutionalise corruption. For years now we have put the aid before good governance and Africa is just as poor now as it was decades ago. We have been putting the cart before the horse!

This G8 Summit should come up with something fresh and original. A new aid package specifically aimed at rewarding countries whose leaders have shown really commitment to democratic reform – for example in their firm stand against dictators like Mugabe. Plus a complimentary sanction package aimed at those countries whose leaders are dictators or are aiding and/or harbouring dictators. That would send a clear and simple message that bad governance will no longer be tolerated!

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

Western aid is mostly (not all) fraud.

It is a tool that is used to manipulate and destroy markets.

First, most of the aid goes back to the West in the form of payments to Western “consultants” and service companies, and payment for their big SUVs.

Most of the aid have political conditions that do not favor the recipients: for example, they are forced to use aid money to buy products from subsdidized Western farmers, resulting in subsidized food and products being dumped on the African market. This drives prices down and put hard-working African farmers/traders/workers out of job.

The list goes on.

These so-called aid donors make more money out of African than they give as aid.

What African countries need is FREE and FAIR TRADE and not self-serving Western aid.

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Here are the 8 “engagements” that the G8 committed to in support of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in 2002 in Canada (includes 7 major objectives & at least 112 separate points):
1. Promoting Peace & Security (7 Objectives & 15 Points, include: Resolving principal armed conflicts; Providing technical & financial assistance; Supporting regulation of arms brokers & traffickers and elimination of illicit arms; Supporting elimination & removal of antipersonnel mines; Addressing the interrelationship of armed conflict & exploitation of natural resources; Providing peace-building support; Facilitating the implementation of UNSC resolutions related to women & children in armed conflict and supporting protection of large refugee populations)
2. Strengthening Institutions and Governance (6 Objectives & 20 Points)
3. Fostering Trade, Investment, Economic Growth & Sustainable Development (6 Objectives & 24 Points)
4. Implementing Debt Relief (2 Objectives)
5. Improving & Promoting Education and Expanding Digital Opportunities (5 Objectives & 17 Points)
6. Improving Health & Confronting HIV/AIDS (4 Objectives & 16 Points)
7. Increasing Agricultural Productivity (3 Objectives & 16 Points)
8. Improving Water Resource Management (1 Objective & 4 Points)

From an American perspective, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, it seems to me that after 6 years there ought to be more progress. However, what is G1 (America) to do…especially for Africa…when things have been going downhill here?

Perhaps there ought to be a G1 America Action Plan to lay the proper foundation for G1′s full participation in a G8 Africa Action Plan.

If what I’m hearing from both of the U.S. presidential candidates is any indication of follow-through on the execution of any action plan…well…I’m concerned for America’s (G1′s) continued participation in the subject G8 Plan.

We need to get our act together…we Americans…this, after almost 8 years of economic stagnation and sliding down the slippery slope.

Let’s take Engagement #4 as an example, i.e., “Implementing Debt Relief”. The United States is so far in debt that it makes one’s head spin. We’re talking $trillions here! We’re even in over OUR heads, and it’s time to admit it and do something about it.

Mr. Obama wants to throw scraps of tax “relief” to the so called “95%” (middle class and working class) and return the top marginal federal income tax rate for the privileged class (PC’s) and super privileged class (SPC’s) to a mere shadow of what it was before Mr. Reagan took office in 1981, i.e., 39.6% (when Mr. Clinton left office) versus 70% (when Mr. Carter left office).

Well, that is a start, Mr. Obama. But it isn’t enough to provide U.S. debt relief (reduction). You’re going to have to put your head together with Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid and come up with a plan to raise the top rate for the PC’s and SPC’s back to 70% (75% would be better, of course)…while reducing middle class and working class top rates. We (including our small businesses) are the consumers that America’s economic growth depends on.

While it would be nice to have the original exemption of $60,000 for singles and $80,000 for marrieds spelled out in the Revenue Act of 1913, I would settle for a 15% top rate for the middle class and a 5% top rate for the working class. We middle classers and working classers need tax-free dollars for consuming the U.S. economy out of recession and back into profitability.

Then you and congress have got to lift the lid entirely on the FICA tax, to include the PC’s and SPC’s, Mr. Obama.

Simultaneously with that, you and the house speaker and senate majority leader are going to have to persuade the democrat majority in congress to cap the top rate for small businesses at 20%, and raise the top rate for corporations to 50% from 35% (not lower it to 25% as suggested by Mr. McCain…who also now says that he is somehow going to balance the federal budget in 4 years by simply cutting back on expenses…and cutting taxes for PC’s and SPC’s at the same time).

Likewise, Mr. Obama, capital gains rates should be taxed at 70% for short-term gains (to encourage long-term investing and stock market stability) & at a top rate of 35% for long-term gains (same reason…two edged sword).

Then, Mr. & Mrs. African Reader, we’ll see debt relief (reduction) here in America, which can then lead to solid and dependable debt relief help for you…and more reason to really believe that G1 (America) can fully participate with its 7 partners in the other 7 engagements and respective 110 points contained in the G8 Africa Action Plan.

OK Jack

 

The G8 is a talking shop for Western leaders who are on an ego boost. Africa must reject this insult called Aid, we dont want no Aid. Aid helps donor countries and does nothing for Africa.

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The so-called “aid” is no aid at all. These are low-cost loans (with interest rates lower than commercial rates) that need to be repaid with interest.

The low rates are countered by political conditions that favor the donor-nations and are detrimental to recipient-nations.

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I am pleased the G8 ignored President Mbeki’s “fiddling” whilst Zimbabwe burn and will push for UN sanctions against the Mugabe regime.

“Demonising Zimbabwe is not in the best interests of anyone,” a Mugabe official, top on the sanctions list, complained. Don’t worry; the sanctions are nothing compared to what you will face when the dictatorship capitulates and the demonic truth of the regime is revealed. For years Zimbabweans have lived in fear and despair, soon we will breathe again!

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The G8 summit is a buch of crap. They are not holding meeting to improve Africa. There is so much global criminal activity going on there they have to hold international meetings to make sure the loot get’s properly divided. They don’t give on hoot about Africans or their struggle.

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So Russia may veto UN sanctions against Mugabe- if not then China will! And so the tragic saga in Zimbabwe will drag on the people who have faced untold hardship for years now will have suffer for a lot longer still.

Zimbabweans themselves have rejected Mugabe, he is illegitimate; but what does Russia, China, AU and President Mbeki care about that! All they really care about is that their friend Mugabe gets what he want- to remain in power regardless. Well there is absolute power for you!

The people of Zimbabwe, we should not lose heart, this should harden our resolve to end Mugabe’s rule. The country’s civic society has been very quiet in the last few months – this was a political crisis and many felt duty bound to let MDC take the lead. Well matters have now gone beyond that and they too must join in the fight.

All hands to the wheel, we have to find peaceful means to end this violent regime. If we do not, then the continued suffering and brutality may force people to finally lose all patience take the law into their own hands setting the whole nation into an orgy of destruction and death.

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Britain and the USA have no business drafting a Security Council resolution on Zimbabwe.

The UN Security Counci, deals EXCLUSIVELY with issues that POSE A THREAT TO INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. Elections and violence in Zimbabwe pose no threat to international security.

Britain and the USA know this, they are simply being mischevious.

The truth is the Russia and China are now the only Security Council members upholding interntional law by preventing the warmongering Britain and the USA from using the UN to promote their wars of agrression around the world.

Zimbabwe does not need more sanctions. Millions of ordinary Zimbabweans are suffering under the existing Britiash/American sanctions (the only people enjoying life in Zimbabwe are Mugabe, Tsvangirain, and their allies).

What the people of zimbabwe need is unity/transitional government plus reform of the country’s institutions (including land reform).

Most importantly, Britain needs to keep its greedy nose out of Zimbabwean affairs.

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Vincent

It is hard to keep up with you, my friend: like Mugabe and shallow minded propagandists you latch on a half truth or worse still an outright lie and you run with it. You repeating it over and over again and you hope everyone will accept it as fact.

We should not forget the fundamental reason behind the formation of the UN; to stop the serious human rights violations that happened before and throughout the Second World War exemplified by the extermination of the Jews, homosexuals, etc. by the Nazi. This was encapsulated in Preamble to UDHR “Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind.”

The barbarous acts had taken place because the international law at the time strictly forbid the rest of the international community interfering in the internal affairs of another. With the founding of the UN, the international community is duty bound to interfere in the internal affairs of a country is what is happening there pose a treat to international peace and/or to stop serious human rights violations within that country.

What is happening in Zimbabwe has forced millions of Zimbabweans to leave the country, this is causing serious economic and social problems for those neighbouring countries who are finding it hard to find enough work and food for their own people let alone these migrants. The whole world is facing soaring oil and food prices and Zimbabweans forced to do all their shopping outside their own country will easily be seen as the ones causing these price increases. This has caused serious tension in SA already and, unless something is done quickly, worse is to come.

Mugabe has been beating the war drum recently against Botswana because the Botswana government was one of the African nations that took a firm stand against his repeated failure to hold free and fair elections. Mugabe would want to punish Botswana by sending some of his thugs across the border, for example.

As for the UN’s duty to stop serious human rights violations within Zimbabwe; the situation in Zimbabwe speaks for itself.

Many other countries besides the UK and USA, including some African countries have condemned what Mugabe is doing. I insist that what the people of Zimbabwe want should count above all others. You have to single out the British and Americans and ignore everybody else because that fits your principal argument that it is these two nations alone who want regime change in Zimbabwe.

I have explained to you before that the Zimbabwe economy was already in deep trouble before the 2000 targeted economic sanctions imposed on Mugabe and his cronies. The root cause of Zimbabwe’s economic troubles is mismanagement and corruption. But again you do not want to hear that in pursuance of your own propagandist agenda of blaming the West for all Zimbabwe’s problems!

No my friend; if there is anyone should “keep its (his, their) greedy nose out of Zimbabwean affairs” it is not Britain but you, Vincent, and others just like you because you do not know what you are wittering about!

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

Mukori,

Once again, the Security Council of the United Nations deals EXCLUSIVELY with issues that pose a threat to international security. If you are not aware of this, please find out.

The UN has a human rights organ. It is called the Human Rights Commission and not the Security Council (it is called the SECURITY Council because it deals with international security).

Regarding why people are leaving Zimbabwe: there are many reasons. The MDC and British/American propaganda will have us believe that these people are fleeing Mugabe’s crimes. The truth is they are mostly fleeing economic meltdown, which was caused mainly by economic sanctions (I have provided examples of these sanctions and specific links to the legislation behind them).

It is also a lie to claim that the violence in Zimbabwe is coming from only one side. It is coming from both sides. Even the Mutambura faction of the MDC has accused MDC-T’s thugs of committing grave violence against its supporters.

The impression that the BBC and MDC-T are trying to create is that this is an issue of democracy and human rights, the only the MDC is the victim of violence, that the MDC is a democratic organization (Mutambura and co call Tsvangirai a dictator)…

The bottomline is that the British and white farmers are only trying to protect their interest in Zimbabwe. The ordinary people are the pawns. The only way out is for the British/Americans to lift the sanctions, for Zimbabwe to implement democratic, institutional, and land reforms.

Mutambura’s MDC recognizes this: he was at the meeting that Mbeki organized between the opposition and ZANU last week. Only Tsvangirai’s MDC refused to attend based on the orders of his masters in London and Washington.

More sanctions will not solve the problem.

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Another slap in the face for the greedy imperialists :)

U.N. resolution on Zimbabwe fails in Security Council

Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:44pm BST

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia and China vetoed on Friday a Western-backed U.N. Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe for holding a violent presidential poll that was boycotted by the opposition candidate.

The resolution would have imposed an arms embargo on the southern African country and financial and travel restrictions on President Robert Mugabe and 13 other officials. It would also have called for a U.N. special envoy for Zimbabwe to be appointed.

Nine countries voted for the U.S.-drafted resolution, five — including veto-holding Russia and China — opposed it and one abstained in the 15-nation council.

The result represented a failure by the Western bloc to induce Russia and China at least to abstain because of the gravity of the crisis in Zimbabwe.

Opponents of the resolution, who also included South Africa, Libya and Vietnam, argued that the situation was not a threat to international peace and security worthy of a council resolution. They said talks in South Africa between Zimbabwe’s ruling and opposition parties should be given a chance.

But British Ambassador John Sawers told the council it had “failed to shoulder its responsibility to do what it can to prevent a national tragedy deepening and spreading its effects across southern Africa.”

Voting for the resolution were the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Burkina Faso, Panama and Costa Rica. Indonesia abstained.

(Reporting by Patrick Worsnip; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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I am disappointed that the UN sponsored sanctions failed. The sanctions were not going to achieve much; they were more symbolic than anything else really.

China and Russia have never been on the side of the ordinary and long suffering people of Africa when the divide was them vs their repressive leaders. True to form they have done so again here. The leaders of these two countries treat their own people a shed better than Mugabe has treats the people of Zimbabwe but given Mugabe is a ruthless dictator that say a lot about them!

You will not see many Chinese and Russians cheering and applauding their respective countries’ stance on Zimbabwe. Right across Asia, South America, the world over you will be hard pushed to find any person with any common sense who would agree with what Mugabe is doing. Why; because they know better, they are not stupid. What does that say about you, Vincent!?

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G8 is an ego boosting group of Western toothless leaders. Africa needs countries like China, China is doing in 4 years what it never took the West to do in decades. What our leaders in Africa have to get to grips with is that they do not have a partner in the West

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Gabriel

What exactly is China doing in 4 years?

I know China is the super power backing the Sudanese government and look what is happening there. In this case, China is backing Mugabe for what he has done in Zimbabwe, for stealing an election and brutalising people in the process. Which part of Africa are you from brother?

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

Mr Mukori go to Africa and see for yourself, if you want to use Zimbabwe and Sudan as examples, then you are no different from all these Western peddling propaganda.

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Gabriel

Are you saying there are NO serious, very serious human rights violations including taking innocent human lives in Zimbabwe and Sudan? That it is all Western propaganda!?

We are talking here of lives of none other than the lives of our own our own fellow Africans. If you can not hold the life of others particularly your own in high regard then you are no more than the beast. If you are an African, and I believe you are, is it any wonder that as a people we have often been treated as if we are the scam of the earth.

How could you be so shallow that you hold yourself in so low regard!

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

Mukori, Mugabe is a tyrant and so are all those who supported him, his murdering days started long time ago but he was friends to the West then. As for Bashir, he is another dictator and friends to China. i dont about were you come from in Africa but in my country i see a lot of positives with regards trade with China. All i have seen with the West is double standards, hypocrisy, conditions on trade, while this same leaders loot our treasury and hide them in the West. So like Mbeki, i think Africans should deal with Mugabe and Bashir in their own way and not according to Bush and Browns policies. According to Kevin Myers of the Irish times, the only thing Africa gives the world is Aids.

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by the way i hold myself in very high regard because i can think independently of others, i dont follow the boat like some do. I stick by my views, Mugabe and Bashir are African problems, we dont need any complication from so called do gooders, who have for many years watched as Africans suffered and they got richer, stick your Aid were the sun dont shine, we need fair trade not Aid and hypocrisy.

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Gabriel

I am sure you hold yourself in the highest regard at a personal level but that was not I was talking about. Do you hold yourself in high regard as an African capable of relating to the suffering of your fellow Africans? Can you make that quantum leap that separates us humans from the beast!

Of course you are concerned and value your own individual freedoms and rights and above all your own life. But so does every living thing; it is not certainly not the Kudu’s ambition to be dinner for the lion, ever. As a human being you should go beyond this.

Each one of us is like a camp fire on a hill top, giving warmth and light to those close to us – our family, tribe and fellow country men and women. To those further away we give light – those in neighbouring countries, region and continent. And to the rest of the world we are nothing more than a beacon with which to they can travel.

You said in your country the Chinese are doing a lot of good work; well I am very pleased to hear that. Where I come from, Zimbabwe (and Sudan which is what we are all talking about here) the Chinese are propping up ruthless dictators (glad to notice you agree on this). The suffering, loss of lives and despair all this has caused is well documented and, to me at least, totally unacceptable. I am disappointed that you too, as a fellow African, are not equally concerned. Could it be because you do not care as long as China is doing good in your country!

I would be great if Africa was doing something about our many problems. The AU’s recent decision on Zimbabwe is hardly what any one would sing about. The problem in Sudan has been going on for decades, what has Africa dine? But even if you could come up with a list as long as my arm of what Africa is doing to solve our problems, what the ICC is then just one more thing to that long list! If what the ICC is right and save one more African from the suffering and death that is their lot today then I welcome it.

Are you getting hot in the collar because it was the West, the hated West who initiated the action against Sudan? Well you friend the Chinese have not only done nothing, but as I said, they have been propping these dictators.

Yes of course the West have done a lot of bad things in Africa in the past and continue to do so today. But in this case they are doing the right thing. If you were from Sudan or Zimbabwe you would not be concerned about the West’s history; a drowning man does not ask the person saving him whether he has a criminal record or not! To him, he is an angel- holier than his own brother who watched from the safity on the shore!

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Wilbert, over the years i have seen and observed that sanctions only kill the people and does nothing to the core of the problem(The leadership), i feel for the people of Zimbabwe and Darfur but a common sense approach is the best way forward. I dont trust anything or motives of the West, Iraq war is a classic example, what is happening is sickening but the Chinese bring trade with no conditions, can you imagine what the people of Zimbabwe and Darfur would have to endure if the whole world agreed with this sanctions policy, there would be suffering on a grand scale. Africa would take care of Mugabe and Bashir, make no mistake but it would be on our own terms. If the West are really sincere then they need to start by cutting agricultural subsidies and all these hypocrisy. Thanks to the likes of Russia, China, India, Brazil the world is getting more balanced and more of a multipolar world.

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Gabriel

So you are fighting for more equitable trade conditions and the removeral of trade barriers. China and Russia supports you in this and so you call them your friends. I understand.

Well some of us in Zimbabwe, Darfur and many other countries who are suffering under repressive dictatorial regime such are fighting for the basic and fundamental rights- the right to have a meaningful say in the governance of our country, freedom of expression and above all the right to life. Rights and freedoms you take for granted. China is propping up these dictators so we consider China our enemy.

It really hard for some of us to think of how subsidies paid to American farmers affects fair trading, for example, when Mugabe thugs who have killed several people in your village already are after you.

Of course fair trade is important for all of us, including those in Zimbabwe and Sudan. But it is callous for you to praise China, aiding in the brutal repression of millions in Zimbabwe and Sudan, just because it is fighting your corner on fair world- trade! You are an African and the millions being brutalised are you fellow Africans? Well you are no better that the Africans who hunted down their fellow Africans and sold them as slaves to the white men. I thought Africa had learnt a lesson from that but obviously not.

We still have a lot of scam in Africa; people like Robert Mugabe, President Bashir, you Gabriel and many, many others. People who would sell their own mothers for a price and be proud they had a mother to sell! Mugabe would pontificate about democracy, justice, etc even when his thugs are out killing innocent people.

God, Gabriel you and your dictator friends are thick; this monologue should be with a hard boiled racist of the Apartheid err not with a fellow African! It is bad enough that freedom of expression has allowed the likes of you Gabriel to show the whole wide world just how thick you really are. What is intolerable is that your dictator friends should also be allowed the same freedom to make life a total misery for millions and worse – be allowed to take so many innocent lives.

Do not worry Gabriel the ICC will never send you to The Hague- it no crime to be shallow, thick and slow. Commit serious human rights violations however and that is another matter. Yesterday the ICC was after Charles Taylor and they finally got him. Today the ICC is after Bashir, tomorrow it will Robert Mugabe and his cronies and they will all be cornered and caught. There is simple no place for dictators to hide these days but, true to form, you people are simply too thick to realise that. The day they are cornered can not come soon enough of course; it is a worrying thing to have mad man welding an axe running amok.

I do apologise once again, Gabriel, if the arrest of Bashir and Mugabe should upset you or your fair trade Chinese partners, it is just there a little matter of millions of human lives at stake here. It sure takes all sorts!

Posted by Wilbert Mukori | Report as abusive
 

Why dont you join morgan changari, you seem to be very brave, you stay abroad and become a coconut while your people suffer. China is good for Africa, whether you like it or not, its people like you that sell your kind out, yeah they have done more havoc on the African continent then you tomboy, South Africa. talk all you want, Mugabe aint going no where and neither is Bashir.They would be dealt with by Africans and not coconuts like yourself. Mr mulkori you are basic sell out, sit on your arse and think bush is going to save your backside

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What is human rights without food on your table, i can give you all the freedom you want and if you aint got food on your table it means nothing. You are one of these sorry and confused people who think survival, stick human rights were the sun dont shine, democracy democracy, people in Africa are not the same as people in Europe, what works in the USA aint necessarily going to work in Iraq and in Zimbabwe,,Mugabe and Saddam started as uncle toms just like you. get a life and get your identity in order thats if you have one, stop being a follower. Mr coconut mukori

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Mukori, if you are such a big advocate of democracy, why dont you put your money were your mouth is and go fight with the MDC, there is nothing like a dead hero, i dare, rather than making from some comfort zone. What have you done for any Zimbabwean, you think writing on reuters is going to make a difference, ask the world (EU) how many Zimbabwean asylum seekers they have sent back. You are a real disgrace to your people, what you cant seem to grasp is that the same Mugabe has a lot of support in your, what does that make your people? make all the noise you want to make, people like you aint got what it takes to make a difference. Just empty words, everybody knows what Africa needs, a hungry man needs feeding first not human rights, go to guantanamo bay and tell them about human rights, yes innocent people as well as terrorists are also locked. You need to get off your high horse and go to Zimbabwe to help your peolple not sit there like a couch commander giving orders.

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China never told Mugabe to kill no one, Mugabe had a deal with Britain and he reneged on the deal,Mugabe is at fault and so is a lot Zimbabweans because i remember when he was talking about taking land, a lot of people in Africa told him not to do that, but imbeciles lie you supported it but now that it has gone pear shaped, you jump ship and start ranting like a loony bin, why dont you go to Zimbabwe and fight for human rights mr mukuri

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Could have taxed the farmers a bit more and put that in a fund for people of Zimbabwe, people are suffering all over the world not just in Zimbabwe so get a life, Like i said put your money were your mouth is and go fight for human rights, a starving man aint got time for human rights Mr coconut

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Gabriel

I would never tell you or anyone where they should and should not live. Do you think if I was in Zimbabwe or South Africa or wherever I would think better of you, Mugabe, Bashir, etc? You would still be shallow and I would still tell you so.

“What is human rights without food on your table”, you say? The right to food is an important right but I would not put it above the right to life – for example. Do you think a dictator who violates the sanctity of life would think twice about denying you food? Mugabe thugs have been burning down people’s food stores and other properties. Sorry I should have been more like you and focus on the destroyed food and not the beaten people and much less on those murdered- Coconut me!

“China never told Mugabe to kill no one,” you say. Well I never said any such thing either. The proposed sanctions against Mugabe were to disapprove what Mugabe was doing in Zimbabwe. And by vetoing the sanctions China, at best, was saying that it did not matter. That is too subtle an argument for a rotten egg-head like you.

“i remember when he (Mugabe) was talking about taking land, a lot of people in Africa told him not to do that, but imbeciles lie you supported it” You remember?! If I did not know you to be shallow and you had proved that repeated I would challenged you to prove that. You made a fool of yourself on the human rights and fair trading issue so now you want to talk about the land issue. You ran out of ideas on the one subject and so you are grabbing at anything and everything – shooting from the hip. I understand- well that is why I say you are shallow.

“Mugabe aint going no where and neither is Bashir.They would be dealt with by Africans and not coconuts like yourself” you said one minute. The next minute “Mugabe and Saddam started as uncle toms just like you”. Gabriel please make up you pea –sized mind. For the record Mugabe and Bashir are sleeping ease and for good reason they know the day of reckoning in near. They sure wish they never listened to idiots like you who have been telling them they are doing nothing wrong.

The Lord and your mother (even if you may have already sold her) love you! Mothers, bless them! You will be pushing your lucky if you expect the likes of me and all those at the coal face of repressive regimes to love you too. You can make a fool of yourself all you like but not at other people’s expense. But since you are a fellow human and a fellow African at that – half shilling African, but then we can not all be a full shilling (no one else will ever know you are only six-pence [but you and the Lord, of course, but the He loves you and nothing else matters] clever thing you have used your first name only there millions other Gabriels in Africa {it is quite possible that you and Robert Gabriel Mugabe are the only two Gariels who are a half shilling – rotten lucky that Zimbabwe should had the misfortune of having the only other six-pence Gabriel for president, rotten lucky}) – my free advice to you is; you are shallow you proved it beyond doubt, rest your case; shut up!

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You sold yourself out for half a cent. Mugabe and Bashir aint going nowhere, maybe Bashir because he has some oil but your Mugabe is sleeping tight afterall he delivered nonenties like you into independence. With all your human rights noise making, he is 84 and still ruling nonentities like you. Stick your human rights were the sun dont shine.

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While the talks foundered, diplomats in Brussels said European Union members would agree on Tuesday to widen sanctions on Zimbabwe, including more travel bans and asset freezes on Mugabe’s inner circle and measures against companies with links to him.
To mr mukori human rights, more sanctions while your people suffer, you ust be the smartes man i know, NOT

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Millennium Promise is working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, in the fight to end extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease. To learn more about the organization and its on the ground initiative in Africa, the Millennium Villages project, visit http://www.millenniumpromise.org.

 

This kind of discussion about western aid is not new. Africa needs strong leadership not reliant on aid. The donor has no obligation to give aid and if they do then they decide how they want that aid used. The beneficiary are free to negotiate the best deal for their particular situation (strong leadreship). Political sysytems of governance in Africa are little understood and Africans must negotiate suitable economic packages and exploit the intellectual resource capital so many have invested in. We must participate as global partners using our vast natural resource base. In fact, Africans with functional economic trading blocs will go a long way before there is a need for western money. The AU, SADCC, ECOWAS and several regional blocs are almost non-functional well into the 21st century. Where is the strong leadership. Kwame Nkrumah had brilliant ideas about African integration but we continue to fight and fail to hold elections, fail to eradicate malaria etc. If we put our house in order, we can solve a lot of problems and dont tell me that Africans are very diverse because so is Europe and they have a powerful EU etc.

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