It is not surprising that there are African leaders including Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Mugabe of Zimbabwe, raising their voices in protest over the bombings in Libya by the western allied forces. Although African Union (AU) members rejected Gaddafi's proposal for a united Africa under one government, army and currency, AU has enjoyed enormous contributions from Gaddafi. He actually served as the AU president until last year.
Both men, like other despotic rulers have maintained power by crushing the opposition and altering any constitutional laws that would prohibit their stay in power. Museveni, like former President Hosni Mubarak, has been grooming his son to take over the Presidency - like it was an inherited position of leadership. It would not be surprising to find that Gaddafi has personal relationships with these leaders particularly in the area of training mercenaries. African leaders desperate to hold on to power use mercenaries to do their bidding. Gaddafi is currently using African mercenaries from Chad and Mali to kill and suppress any form of opposition.