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Posted by African Press International on December 9, 2008

Wetangula differs with PM on sending troops to Zimbabwe

Written By:Doreen Apollos

Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula hasMonday differed with prime minister Raila Odinga on calls to have the African Union (AU) send troops to Zimbabwe to restore the worrying situation in the country.

The Minister stated that the African Union has no mandate or capacity to send troops to the troubled country.

Troops, he said , can only be sent in a situation where there is rebellion in a country and can only be effected by willing states and not the AU.

This followsSunday’s call by the Prime MinisterRaila Odinga petitioning the African Union to summon an urgent Heads of States summit to authorize the deployment of AU troops to resolve the Zimbabwean crisis.

However Wentagula claims that it was unconstitutional and incapable for the African Union to send troops to Zimbabwe.

And while AU sending troops there is not an option, the Minister observed imposing sanctions on the country would not be a solution either.

The Minister however urged the African Union to come up with a concrete solution that would address the crisis in Zimbabwe to emancipate the suffering innocent citizens in that country.

This comes amid calls by the European Union for President Robert Mugabe to step down after 28 years of rule, bedeviled with food shortages while diseases epidemic have worsened, creating a humanitarian crisis.

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