Coup Makers Slated At OAU Summit

ALGIERS- Algeria (PANA) -- Hard words were expressed during the closed-door session of the 35th OAU Summit in Algiers against putschists and African leaders who over-stayed in power.
A source cited President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia as telling his peers that "as from this conference, those who took power by force be excluded and prevented from sitting alongside democratically elected presidents.
" The source said the words were visibly directed at new leaders like the Comoro's Col.
Assoumani Azali, Malan Bacai Sanha of Guinea-Bissau, as well as the prime minister of Niger, Ibrahim Mayaki, who is heading Niamey's delegation.
All three countries experienced changes in April.
Chiluba reportedly suggested the immediate exclusion of such leaders, saying this "would be more in line with the spirit and letter of our decision taken at the Harare summit of 1997, since it is not normal to share the same vehicles and space with such individuals.
" His views were endorsed by Presidents Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa.
But Mbeki proposed that implementation of the decision should only start from 2001 and exemption should be given for 1999, provided the concerned countries organise free and democratic elections before the next summit.
Chiluba also openly attacked "heads of state who cling to power for too long.
" He encouraged his colleagues to follow the path shown by Presidents Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal, Julius Nyerere and Ali Hassan Mwinyi of Tanzania and Nelson Mandela of South Africa, who voluntarily stepped down.

13 july 1999 09:29:00




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