US wants Mugabe to go
(Ebru News/Agency) The US can no longer support a proposed Zimbabwean power-sharing deal that would leave Robert Mugabe, "a man who's lost it," as president, the top US envoy for Africa told reporters today.
Jendayi Frazer, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, made the announcement in South Africa after spending the last several days explaining the US shift to regional leaders.
Jendayi Frazer, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs said:
"Well, we are very clear. Secretary Rice, President Bush have said very clearly that Robert Mugabe is a barrier to progress and he should step down. He should retire. His time is over. The power-sharing agreement should be implemented and it needs to be implemented with someone other than Robert Mugabe as the president. "
The US, Frazer said, has become convinced Mugabe is incapable of sharing power.
She cited political moves he has made since September without consulting the opposition, reports his regime has continued to harass and arrest opposition and human rights activists, and the continued deterioration of Zimbabwe's humanitarian and economic situation.
Frazer cited accusations from the Mugabe regime that the West waged biological warfare to deliberately start the cholera epidemic as an indication Mugabe had "lost it."
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