Archive for December 9th, 2007

source: International Herald Tribune

LISBON: Intended to bolster Europe’s influence in Africa, a summit meeting between leaders from the two continents was dominated Saturday by tensions over trade and direct criticism from European leaders of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.

The summit meeting, the first in seven years between the European Union and African nations, began amid growing concern in Europe that its economic and political influence in Africa is being eclipsed by an aggressive program of investment from China.

But the start of the meeting was dominated by Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, who remains a liberation hero to some African countries and whose presence has led Gordon Brown, the prime minister of Britain, to stay away from the meeting.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, issued the first criticism of Mugabe, who is accused of human rights abuses, vote rigging and imposing poverty on millions of Zimbabwe’s citizens.

“The whole European Union has the same view of what is happening there,” she said, according to [continue reading]

source: News24
08/12/2007 15:50 – (SA)

Johannesburg – President Thabo Mbeki was expected to lead discussions on good governance and human rights at the European Union(EU)-Africa Summit in Portugal on Saturday, said the Department of Foreign Affairs.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to give the European response to Mbeki’s input, said spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa.

He said the summit would discuss, among other things, peace and security, energy and climate change, migration, and infrastructure and development.

Mbeki and first lady Zanele Mbeki arrived in Lisbon on Saturday morning, supported by [continue reading]

source: SW Radio Africa

By Tererai Karimakwenda
08 December, 2007

There was chaos in Lisbon on Saturday as a group of pro-Mugabe protestors went head to head with Zimbabwean activists from the UK who had travelled to the venue of the E.U./Africa Summit to protest Robert Mugabe’s presence there. Our reporter Lance Guma who was at the scene, said the small group of Mugabe supporters appeared to be ‘rented’ Black Americans and Portuguese youth. They held placards supporting Mugabe and this upset activists, who are mostly from the Zimbabwe Vigil – a group that has protested at the Zimbabwe Embassy in London, every Saturday for 5 years.

Truckloads of riot police had to separate the two groups to avoid any physical confrontation. At the scene was Adella Chiminya, whose husband Tichaona Chiminya was a personal aide to MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and was brutally murdered by ZANU-PF thugs while campaigning in Buhera.
The emotional Mrs Chiminya said she was shocked to see people who were not Zimbabwean, holding pro-Mugabe posters. She lashed out at [continue reading]