UN experts blame Mugabe on rising cholera toll in Zimbabwe

UN expert said that "is a former hero of the liberation struggle who has lost all sense of reality.... and become a mad dictator."

UN experts blame Mugabe on rising cholera toll in Zimbabwe
UN human rights experts blamed Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on cholera epidemic, saying he could not control it.

The only way Mugabe can be removed from power is for Europe to convince his "great protector South Africa" to withdraw all support for him, Jean Ziegler, an adviser to the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, told Swiss Radio.

Mugabe, Ziegler on Monday declared, "is a former hero of the liberation struggle who has lost all sense of reality.... and become a mad dictator." He added: "The horror in Zimbabwe today is absolutely intolerable."

The comments from the Swiss sociologist, who has little sympathy for the Western countries most critical of Mugabe, reflected the despair over Zimbabwe on the rights council.

Four other U.N. rights experts said Zimbabwe could not control a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,100 people.

The four -- who report to the Human Rights Council on food, health, drinking water and the situation of rights defenders -- said Mugabe's "violations of civil and political rights" made it difficult to get a united response to the crisis.

While most African governments have been pressing for the formation of a unity government between Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Ziegler said power should go to the MDC.

Ziegler, whose new book "The Hatred of the West" on attitudes in the developing world, has become a best-seller in France and other French-speaking countries, claimed U.N. military action to remove Mugabe was prevented by Russia and China.

South Africa had strong historic links with Mugabe, who provided support during the struggle against apartheid, but was "a deeply civilised country" that would be open to real dialogue with the European Union on the issue, Ziegler said.


Reuters
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