USAfrica: African Union bungles Libya crisis; refuses to recognize transition council.
By Chido Nwangwu
USAfrica, August 26, 2011: The African Union, the continent wide organization, has rejected the broad acceptance of Libyan rebels and the opposition forces who have uprooted the government of the mercurial leader Muammar Ghadafi.
The leaders of the AU’s Peace and Security Council meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa declined accepting the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Liby as the legitimate representatives of the country — demanding, instead for what it called a ‘consensual and inclusive government.’
USAfrica understands that the main backer of the pro-Ghadafi stance is South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma who is arguing that “There is a process in Libya wherein the NTC forces are in the process of taking over Tripoli…but there is still that fighting going on. So, we can’t therefore stand and say this is the legitimate one now.” Nigeria is among the other set of African countries who took the side of the NTC.
Ethiopia has supported the NTC, stating: “We ask the African Union and its members to be consistent by extending to the NTC the type of support and recognition that was extended to Tunisia and Egypt.”
Libya’s Ghadafi served as a major donor to the AU, and to several African Union leaders’ country needs.
Despite the opposition from some members of the AU, the Libyan people led by the NTC seem determined to forge ahead.
Ali Tarhouni, acting finance and oil minister for the rebel council has said today that it is Ghadafi who is on the losing end: “He (Gadhafi) is the one who is basically in the sewer – moving from one sewer to another…. I proclaim the beginning of the work of the executive office in a free Tripoli as of this moment. Long live democratic and constitutional Libya. We can start rebuilding our country.”
As at the time of this USAfricaonline.com at 6pm Friday August 26, 2011 (CST), a pocketful of resistance soldiers from the Ghadafi camp especially in his hometown are putting up some effort against the overpowering effort of the NTC backed by NATO technical, air support and military team.
USAfrica’s chats with key African diplomats inside Africa, Washington DC and New York convey a private but popular position: Ghadafi is history and the AU’s status quo leaders are on the wrong side of history. •Chido Nwangwu serves as Founder & Publisher of USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston. Chido@USAfricaonline.com and News@USAfricaonline.com