Thursday, June 17, 2004

Zimbabwe: Mugabe says members of his family affected by HIV/AIDS

Mugabe was speaking at the country's first Aids conference [...].

His revelation put him in the company of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president, who broke a taboo by speaking publicly of losing relatives to the disease.

Other former presidents have gone further by specifying that they lost not just members of their extended family, which in Africa can be large, but close relatives. Zambia's Kenneth Kaunda said his son had died of Aids and Malawi's Bakili Muluzi his brother. (full-text)