The Zimbabwean environment minister has called for the dentist who killed Cecil the lion to be extradited from the US to face trial for financing an illegal hunt…
“Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin,” [Oppah Muchinguri] told a news conference on Friday. “We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable.”
Ignoring for a moment the morality of what the dentist has done, one should be forgiven for being cynical at the minister’s rush to deliver “justice”. Muchinguri’s leader, tyrant Robert Mugabe, not only recently fed elephant to guests at his own birthday party (as recounted by Tim Blair here), but has also been responsible for turning Zimbabwe into a total basket case, including the wholesale violation of property rights and the rule of law, which has plunged the nation into poverty:
… so long as the toxic Section 72 of our constitution remains in place; so long as court orders are allowed to continue to be ignored; so long as the law and international court judgments are allowed to continue to be spurned; so long as our government continues to justify racism and practice it in defiance of every human rights charter ever written, agriculture will continue to fail. Racist and corrupt kleptocracies will always fail their people.