Zimbabwe should extradite Ethiopian dictator Mengistu 

Hiding behind the lame excuse that Ethiopia is not demanding Mengistu’s return is absurd.

Source: Zimbabwe should extradite Ethiopian dictator Mengistu – Daily Nation

Zimbabwe has said it will not force former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam to return home despite the fall of his ally Robert Mugabe.

However, the Zimbabwean opposition has revisited the issue of the asylum given to Mengistu, whose brutal reign left thousands of Ethiopians dead.

The push by the opposition should reawaken Africa to re-examine itself and its sincerity when it comes to why dictators who left behind a trail of suffering in their countries should be protected and allowed to lead a comfortable life in exile.

Mengistu fled in 1991 and has been shielded by Mugabe even after he was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia.

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Why President Emmerson Mnangagwa is shielding the dictator is astounding.

Hiding behind the lame excuse that Ethiopia is not demanding Mengistu’s return is absurd. The fact that his country convicted him is sufficient evidence that Zimbabwe continues being his accomplice as long as he lives in that country.

African leaders apply double standards. Some former presidents who fled their countries have been handed over to face justice by their host countries. Let the new Zimbabwean regime hand over this man to face his compatriots.

Mnangagwa will claim a place in history by doing justice to Ethiopians.

DAVID M. KIGO, Nairobi.

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    Peter 5 years ago

    Yes ….this guy and
    His people should be depp

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    Ndonga 5 years ago

    This whole situation is ridiculous.

    Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was an even more efficient killer of innocents than Mugabe. And he has been sheltered from justice in his fancy Mugabe provided five star accommodation at our expense since May 1991.

    It is known that over these many years he has had a close very relationship with Mugabe. It it is also known that he taught Mugabe many of the skills essential for hanging on to power at all costs. For after all Mengistu’s presidency of Ethiopia was characterised by the brutal repression of his own people. And of course we all know that Mugabe was a eager learner, especially of tricks for hanging on to power at all costs.

    The time is then right for him to leave Zimbabwe. Yes, it would be best for him to go to Ethiopia to pay for his many past sins. But if Ethiopia don’t want him, let him go to any other broken down country…but on a one-way ticket.