Africa Must Oust Mugabe: Kenyan PM

Power-sharing isn't working in Zimbabwe, Odinga says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 2:22 PM CST
The official portrait of President Robert Mugabe hangs on the wall as Zimbabwean dollar bank notes are shown June 28, 2008, at the airport in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Zimbabwe’s unity government is a sham, and the only way to break the deadlock is to force President Robert Mugabe to resign, Kenya’s prime minister said today. “Power-sharing will not work with a dictator who does not really believe in power-sharing,” Raila Odinga told the BBC. “It’s time for African governments … to push him out of power.”

Odinga has formed an alliance with Jacob Zuma, next in line to be South Africa’s president, intended to isolate Zimbabwe in the region. “I do believe strongly that if the leadership in South Africa took a firm stand and told Mugabe to quit he will have no choice but to do so,” the Kenyan PM said.