Mandela withdraws endorsement for Presidents’ club

Nelson Mandela has withdrawn permission for his name to be used to promote an exclusive club of 37 former African Presidents, known as the Africa Forum, amid allegations of fraud.

The Times reports that the forum was set up in 2006, with Mandela as its patron, and is chaired by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano. Leaders – including Kenneth Kaunda, who headed Zambia during nearly 30 years of one-party rule, and Namibian leader Sam Nujoma – are invited to join the forum ‘based on their democratic credentials’, such as a democratic ‘entry and exit’ to their presidency. But a small charter airline, Fastjet, has laid criminal charges with the SA police, alleging that the forum’s executive secretary, Dr John Tesha, lied to the firm to get it to fly five former Presidents to Liberia for the country’s independence day celebrations in 2008.
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