Over to you, President Khama!

HARARE - Sadc incoming chairperson — Ian Khama — whose relationship with President Robert Mugabe is frosty, at least judging by previous clashes, has an opportunity to get things right in the region.

Khama comes in as Sadc chairman to deal with the festering Madagascar and Lesotho crises that vexed Mugabe and his South Africa counterpart, Jacob Zuma, who is the chairperson of the Sadc organ on politics, defence and security co-operation.

Khama’s initial task at the helm of the regional bloc will be to help defuse a deep crisis in the French colony of Madagascar where parliamentarians were blocked by the Constitutional Court in June from voting to impeach President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and in Lesotho where a former army chief and key ally of Lesotho’s former leader Thomas Thabane, who is a bitter rival of current army chief Tlali Kamoli, was shot dead in May, sparking instability in the small mountainous kingdom.

More importantly, Khama who has shown that he has enough fire in his belly should bring closure to the Zimbabwe long drawn-out political saga.

As we report elsewhere in this paper, Sadc must revisit the Zimbabwean issue and enforce compliance with its guidelines governing the conduct of elections which the Zimbabwean government continues to fall foul of.

Khama is well aware of how Mugabe and Zanu PF have defiantly blown their noses on recommendations and suggestion by the bloc to try and bring an end to the bickering in Zimbabwe.

The Botswana leader who has emerged as one of Mugabe’s harshest critics in Africa and accused by government of “interference” which  scoffed at his call for fresh elections after the contested 2013 vote as an “act of extreme provocation”, is all too familiar with problems between Mugabe and the opposition, including the MDC.

Zimbabwe is yet to align laws to the new Constitution two years after a referendum was held to usher this new charter.

The Electoral Act is among a raft of laws that are yet to be aligned with the new Constitution but perceived lack of the will to do this has stalled electoral reforms that would even the field for all contesting parties.

There is a sustained assault on democratic forces including disappearances of political activists and selective application of the law, issues which Sadc had sought to address in 2013.

Without revisiting these issues and offering solutions to help Zimbabwe emerge from its difficult situation, Khama would have fallen short on expectation.

Comments (3)

zimbabweans must learn that Sadc has no powers to enforce on any other member state nor is it bigger than the UN. Khama has no fore power to support his wishes and can only bicker. its wishfull thinking to want to have solutions from outside. zimbabweans we are educated madofo coz remember makamborovesa Va tsvangirai mukati vane chizvimbiswa. now you think Ian will save us. ndozviroto. only a national solution will bail us out. may the almighty forgive us on out foolishness

poktoholo - 18 August 2015

zimbabweans must learn that Sadc has no powers to enforce on any other member state nor is it bigger than the UN. Khama has no fore power to support his wishes and can only bicker. its wishfull thinking to want to have solutions from outside. zimbabweans we are educated madofo coz remember makamborovesa Va tsvangirai mukati vane chizvimbiswa. now you think Ian will save us. ndozviroto. only a national solution will bail us out. may the almighty forgive us on out foolishness

poktoholo - 18 August 2015

Mr Editor, Madagascar is no longer a french colony... It is a former french colony... A clear indication of your colonially abused mind... nxxx

Solid - 19 August 2015

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