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African Leaders Pressured to Speak out Against Zimbabwe

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw criticized African leaders for not speaking out against the “horrors” taking place in Zimbabwe, charging that they lacked commitment. Mr. Straw said the West has done all it can to focus world attention on Harare’s controversial purge of marginal housing. Meanwhile, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza defended Africa’s leadership, saying criticism and pressure were not the most effective ways to address problems.

However, one expert on Africa said its leaders have consistently taken this line but failed to deliver creative – and workable – solutions. Director Muna Ndulo of the Institute of African Development at Cornell University in the United States said this applies not only to Zimbabwe, but to many other African countries.

Mr. Ndulo, a law professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, spoke with reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe.