Tesco UK and Ireland has said that it will not stock produce from Zimbabwe “as long as the political crisis persists in that country”. This is a welcome first step towards the isolation of the regieme in Zimbabwe more need to join in to make the point a lot more acute.
Tesco say that they don’t stock a lot of goods from Zimbabwe but, this isn’t the most factor it is the symbolism of rejecting anything to do with the currupt governement that if adopted more widely will be made more explicitly. It is fair to say that this action may be hurting the producers of the products who may be innocent of the crimes of Mugabe but, getting them help in other ways will be a lot more effective overall.
The Zimbabwean despot Robert Mugabe was sworn into office to take on his 6th term as president of Zimbabwe an office he doesn’t legitimately hold. He used violence and coercion to drive his opponent out of the competition; it is a travesty of Democracy and denial decency for this man to be accepted as the rightful president of Zimbabwe.
The very first thing that needs to be done by the international community is to refuse to recognise him as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. This should send him the message that the World is not going to accept his presence at any international events. There should be a worldwide travel ban enforced against him, do not allow him to leave the country. This will be a lot easier to get agreement on in the West but, problems seem to arise in the neighbouring African countries. Western Nations should make it clear to any Nation that gives aid or comfort to the despot will not enjoy the friendship of the West.
Trade Unions have called for a grass roots blockade of the tyrant no one should serve him or his staff in any capacity. He should be denied service at airports and in shops. This is at least a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the People of Zimbabwe.
I began to wonder how my liberalism might fit into my opinions on World dictators do we, the World Community, have a role in the internal affairs of a Sovereign Nation? I think that there are many circumstances that should result repudiation of their Sovereignty. One such criterion for the forfeit of autonomy is when the de facto ruler of a Nation engages in acts of genocide.
It may require a UN decision to send in peace-keeping troops into Zimbabwe to stop the Genocide and to prosecute Mugabe for crimes against Humanity in the International Criminal Court.