THIRD WORLD charities reacted angrily last night to a Tory demand for all Western aid to Africa to be tied to President Robert Mugabe's removal from power in Zimbabwe. They said the move, when the south of the continent faced its worst famine for a decade, would inflict extra suffering on some of the world's poorest people.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory leader, and Michael Ancram, the shadow Foreign Secretary, have backed a link between aid and action against the Mugabe regime.
Their call followed the revelation that Tony Blair will be speaking on 2 September at the earth summit in Johannesburg, only an hour before President Mugabe's address.
Mr Ancram said yesterday: "Money for investment in Africa through the New Partnership for Africa's Development, which is supposed to be tied to good governance in Africa, must now relate to seeing a change in the government of Zimbabwe."
But Judith Melby, of Christian Aid, said: "There are millions of people suffering from floods and droughts. These are the people we are trying …