Mugabe spokeperson tells critics to 'go hang'
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
George Charamba, a spokesperson for the widely criticized leader of Zimbabwe, has said that critics of the situation in the country should "go hang a thousand times".
At a press conference today Chambera was asked whether a national unity government, like that in Kenya, should be formed in Zimbabwe. He answered by saying that "we have our own history of evolving dialogue and resolving political impasses the Zimbabwean way. The Zimbabwean way, not the Kenyan way. Not at all."
Robert Mugabe was recently under a large amount of pressure to postpone the election after the main opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, pulled out due to fears of violence. For example, Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, yesterday called for the election to be postponed. He said that he "strongly supports the statement of the Chairman of SADC (Southern African Development Community) that conditions do not exist for a run-off election to be held at this time and that they should be postponed."
- "Mugabe aide tells West: 'Go hang'" — BBC News Online, July 1, 2008
- Julian Borger. "Zimbabwe: AU motion calls for unity government" — Guardian Unlimited, July 1, 2008
- Press Release: "Opposition withdrawal from Zimbabwe election ‘deeply distressing' development, Says Secretary-General, expressing strong support for postponement of run-off" — United Nations, June 23, 2008