Pressure seems to mount on Malawi to shut out embattled Sudanese President Al Bashir during the AU summit to be held in Malawi in July with the latest call coming from Botswana.
Botswana’s no nonsense President Lieutenant General Seretse Ian Khama has made an impassioned plea to the Malawi government not to allow President Al Bashir visit during the AU summit to be held in Lilongwe.
President Khama speaking to visiting Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, in a report monitored on Botswana Television -Btv, on Monday, welcomed the recent conviction of Charles Taylor by International Court in the Hague saying it has set a precedent for impunity.
“Sudan’s President who has been indicted to appear before the International Court for crimes against humanity should not add more crimes through his continued war with South Sudan. It is against this reason that I request the President of Malawi (Joyce Banda) to deny him entry in July” President Khama said.
In the USA, members of Congress are debating a motion to suspend aid to all countries that host or have hosted Al Bashir since his indictment. Unfortunately Malawi under the late president Bingu wa Mutharika laid a red carpet for him.
Malawi’s new government under President Joyce Banda seem to have its hands tied over the issues as it has made it clear that Bashir was not welcome to Malawi.
But the Sudan hit back saying Malawi had no authority on who should attend or not.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :