via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Mugabe’s AU post ‘insignificant’ by News24 06 February 2014
President Robert Mugabe’s recent election to a top African Union (AU) position should not be seen as significant, the South African Institute for Security Studies has said, quashing reports that the veteran leader’s appointment could give him some form of credibility.
“It’s wrong to see Zimbabwe’s election to the Bureau as significant. The positions on the Bureau are rotational and it was Zimbabwe’s turn, Institute for Security Studies, Jakkie Cilliers told News24.
Mugabe was appointed first deputy chair of the AU executive council, a title for a potentially high-profile job.
The appointment was made at the AU assembly summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week.
According to the Herald, Mugabe’s election to the post positioned him to assume the AU chairmanship next year.
Cilliers said Mugabe could never be considered the future of the continent but “rather part of a diminishing number of Africa’s autocrats”.
African leaders at the summit also resolved not to attend the European Union-AU summit scheduled for Brussels in April if Mugabe was not invited.
But Cilliers said the leaders’ decision was one of “principle” rather than support for Zimbabwe or Mugabe.