Alpha Oumar Konaré, a.k.a "A.O.K.", the first democratically elected president of Mali and present Chairperson of the African Union, knows a thing or two about opposing dictatorial regimes. He was founder of an opposition newspaper, "Les Echos" in the late 1980s in Bamako and was also one of the founding members of the country's first independent radio staion in 1991, Radio Bamakan. Both independent media outlets played a role in contributing to the ouster of the Moussa Traore dictatorship. A.O.K.'s CV, which can be found on the African Union's web site, further shows that he has been a member of 17 activist organizations committed to democracy , human rights and social change. It is therefore particularly disappointing that during his October 13th visit to Harare to consult with Robert Mugabe on issues related to the crises in Sudan, DRC, Somalia and Cote D'Ivoire, that he snubbed Zimbawean civil society's request to meet with him to discuss the crisis in Robert Mugabe's own country. The fact that NANGO (National Association of Non Governmental Oganizations in Zimbabwe) sought an audience with President Konaré is testimony to the esteem in which he is held, for his championing of democracy, by Zimbabwean civil society. It is to be hoped that President Konare will undertake a moment of reflection and reconsider his responsibility, as a former civil society and pro-democracy activist himself, to stand publically with the civil society and people of Zimbabwe against misrule, impunity and oppression. Otherwise, A.O.K. will definitely not be A.O.K. in the eyes of Zimbabweans and of democratically minded people everywhere.