Ex-Nigerian leader and prominent critic of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe, General Olusegun Obasanjo said he was headed for Harare to lead the African Union (AU) observer mission despite attempts by Zanu PF to block him.
Obasanjo told the Nigerian media that he was going to Zimbabwe on Saturday from China, where he was on private business.
Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dhlamini- Zuma met Mugabe in Harare on Thursday to discuss Obasanjo’s mission following strong objections from Zanu PF. She said Mugabe, who has barred Western and some African observers and journalists, had agreed to let the former Nigerian head lead the mission to Zimbabwe.
Obasanjo fell out with Mugabe after endorsing a Commonwealth report that the Zimbabwean despot rigged and used violence to ‘win’ the 2002 presidential elections.


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