LONDON, England (Reuters) — Live Aid founder Bob Geldof called President Robert Mugabe a “grotesque tyrant” and lent his backing to a fund to counter human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.
The Irish rock star turned poverty campaigner endorsed the fund at a media briefing on Tuesday evening.
“(British Prime Minister) Tony Blair has said Africa is a scar on the conscience of the world. Mugabe is a scar on the face of Africa,” Geldof said.
“He’s one of the grotesque tyrants of the planet, and the sooner we can get rid of him, the better,” he added.
The British-based fund, whose patrons are two of southern Africa’s top clergymen, will raise money for human rights-related lawsuits and to campaign for legal reform.
If Mugabe kills even more people, Oliver Stone will probably film a sympathetic documentary on him.