Hong Kong Oct. 21 – Robert Mugabe’s Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu has issued a two paragraph media statement rejecting the killing of ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as a legitimate means for correcting Africa’s undemocratic regimes.
“Government has closely followed developments unfolding in Libya, especially in the last twenty four hours.
Zimbabwe just cannot accept what has happened in that African country as a legitimate way of correcting systems on the African continent,” read the brief statement issued by Zimbabwe’s Minister for Information and Publicity Webster Shamu’s office late Friday afternoon.
Muammar Gaddafi was killed Thursday after he attempted to flee from his home town of Sirte.
Reports out Harare said Mugabe reportedly reacted to the news of the former Libyan leader’s death by cradling his head in his hands in shock and disbelief.
There is growing concern that the death of Africa’s longest serving leader might shift attention to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, whom his critics have labelled enemy of democracy and human rights.
The slain Libyan leader was expected to be buried Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition but his burial might take longer than 24 hours depending on how long it takes to examine circumstances of his death.