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#1 Jan 18, 2013
"Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, on Jan.15 called upon his peers to focus on the appointment of one president to lead Africa when the forthcoming African Union (AU) summit meets soon.

Mugabe said the summit should discuss the appointment of a 'President of Africa' to foster unity among Africans and ensure that member states adhere to the founding principles of the original Organization of African Unity (OAU).

"Yes, we need a President for Africa," Mugabe said. "That is what we are going to discuss at the AU summit. Africa is not a united continent. We are not at the stage our founding fathers wanted us to be when the organ was formed," he is reported as saying by the Zimbabwe publication News Day.

Addressing journalists at State House in Harare alongside his guest, Thomas Boni Yayi, the president of Benin, who is also the outgoing AU chairman, Mugabe said the AU had failed to integrate Africans, with some only seeing themselves in the context of Anglophones and others Francophones.

The proposal to set up a 'United States of Africa' was first mooted by the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1999 as a way of ending the continent's conflicts, but it failed to gain enough support from his African counterparts, including Uganda's president Museveni-- with some doubting Gaddafi's real motive.

But Mugabe emphasized Africa should have one president who would help fight divisions and move Africa to a continental power from the regional shell he claimed it is today.

Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for over 30 years and is only 36 days shy of his 90th birthday said he was pleased that even though Zimbabweans had political differences, they had realised they were guided by the same destiny and hoped the forthcoming elections scheduled for March would be peaceful. Mugabe is expected to stand again for another term in office."

BY RONALD MUSOKE, 16 JANUARY 2013
The Independent (Kampala)< http://allafrica.com/stories/printable/201301... ;

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#2 Jan 18, 2013
Have we not said the same thing here on Topix...so what's stopping the dream?

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#3 Jan 18, 2013
Too many cultural barriers.

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#4 Jan 18, 2013
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Too many cultural barriers.
That would have stopped Europe, but it didn't, did it...?

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#5 Jan 18, 2013
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That would have stopped Europe, but it didn't, did it...?
Europe isn't one nation under one ruler as the thread-starter proposes.

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#6 Jan 18, 2013
I misunderstood.
Yes,unity is indeed possible as described.

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#7 Jan 18, 2013
WE NEED UNITY WHITE STILL CONTROL AFRICA INDIRECTLY
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#9 Jan 18, 2013
Unless the president is White. Otherwise Africans will never prosper.

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#11 Jan 18, 2013
One President of Africa, possibly a Woman too, imagine her symbolic relevance and role in uniting Mother Africa...

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#12 Jan 19, 2013
Who could be the President?
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#13 Jan 19, 2013
Kofi Annan, don't know deeply about him but on the surface he seems mild mannered and has common sense.

You just need an African that has a game plan and a clear sensible thought out and achievable vision of what they want from Africa in a allocated amount of time, days and years.

If it does happen and there is a vote, each person should be asked to show their game plan to the people and the consequences of not reaching those goals for the person in charge.

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#14 Jan 19, 2013
this is as STUPID as one can get!!

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#15 Jan 19, 2013
Mugabe, he need to stop making noise about things he donít even understand yourself. Just go and sort out the mess in Zimbabwe
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#16 Jan 19, 2013
sudance girl wrote:
Mugabe, he need to stop making noise about things he donít even understand yourself. Just go and sort out the mess in Zimbabwe
If more black people threw up debates and suggestions instead of being lazy maybe we'd be in the situation we would like to see ourselves in. You act as if he said we must kill all newborns. Things said out loud have a chance to turn into actions.

Yes he has some issues but maybe this is a cry for help, maybe he's saying he needs help, that he needs to be governed by some higher official body. That if there was an separate official body that has the African people interests at heart for heads of state to answer to, then maybe many of them wouldn't be such ruthless dictators.

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#17 Jan 19, 2013
THIS BIG MAN IS CONFUSED WITH THE FORTH COMING ELECTIONS IN ZIMBABWE OR MAY BE HE KNOWS HE HAS LOST SO HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF AFRICA.MR COMRADE FORGET IT AND REST YOUR BODY YOU ARE A FINNISHED CHARACTER

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#18 Jan 19, 2013
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<quoted text> If more black people threw up debates and suggestions instead of being lazy maybe we'd be in the situation we would like to see ourselves in. You act as if he said we must kill all newborns. Things said out loud have a chance to turn into actions.
Yes he has some issues but maybe this is a cry for help, maybe he's saying he needs help, that he needs to be governed by some higher official body. That if there was an separate official body that has the African people interests at heart for heads of state to answer to, then maybe many of them wouldn't be such ruthless dictators.
how on earth can you expect one president for the whole continent of 55 countries and some tens of thousands of tribes and languages????
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#19 Jan 19, 2013
Zimbabwe will be better off when this backward thinking, corrupt m oron dies.
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#20 Jan 19, 2013
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<quoted text>how on earth can you expect one president for the whole continent of 55 countries and some tens of thousands of tribes and languages????
I think Mugabe is saying he and heads of state like him need to be made accountable for their actions but only by someone that has Africa's best interest at heart. A lot of these guys get into power and don't have direction and do what they want, he acknowledges this and puts out a suggestion that they too could afford to be policed by a higher official body who has clear plans on how Africa should or could do better and be developed, so that these heads of state stay in line and know what they should and should not be doing, and suffer the consequences if their plans are not in the best interest of African progress.

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#21 Jan 19, 2013
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THIS BIG MAN IS CONFUSED WITH THE FORTH COMING ELECTIONS IN ZIMBABWE OR MAY BE HE KNOWS HE HAS LOST SO HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT OF AFRICA.MR COMRADE FORGET IT AND REST YOUR BODY YOU ARE A FINNISHED CHARACTER
Africa is big, but small enough to have one President if it cared. Talking tribes, let's take China for example. One country hundred thousands of tribes and one Prime Minister. Feasible
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#22 Jan 19, 2013
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Zimbabwe will be better off when this backward thinking, corrupt m oron dies.
At least he stood up to the Euros by telling them to go to hell because he wouldn't accept bowing down to the homosexual agenda.

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