Sadc intervention calls hailed

HARARE - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has commended calls for Sadc’s intervention in Zimbabwe’s deepening crisis and ensure a smooth transition of power in the country.

The calls were made recently by The Elders — Graca Machel, Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu.

The Elders said: “Zimbabwe is on the verge of an important transition which, if handled well, could lead to a peaceful and democratic change of leadership and a renewed focus on social and economic development”.

PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said a National Transitional Authority (NTA) is justified in the Zimbabwean context as opposed to another government of national unity.

“The…PDP welcomes the recent statement made by The Elders’ call to the heads of State of … Sadc to support a successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe that will return stability and growth to the country,” Mafume said in a statement.

The call for Sadc’s intervention by The Elders comes amid increasing protests against President Robert Mugabe’s misrule, among other issues, with police tear-gassing and brutally attacking civilians in a bid to quash the demonstrations.

Machel, Tutu and Annan form part of The Elders Council together with former United States president Jimmy Carter, Marttin Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi Gro Brundtland, Fernando H Cardoso, Hina Jilani, Ricardo Lagos, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.

The Elders said Sadc - currently chaired by Botswana President Ian Khama, which is set to meet for the 36th regional summit in Swaziland from August 30 to 31, can help Zimbabwe manage its complex challenges.

On the other hand, Mafume said there is need for Zimbabwean ministers to step aside to ensure economic recovery through the NTA.

“The NTA will focus on key functions of transition, including the implementation of an emergency economic recovery plan, align the country’s laws to the Constitution, restoration of the social contract and that there is peace in Zimbabwe to pave way for conditions for holding free and fair elections,” he said.

He said the NTA will provide a soft landing for Zimbabwe, adding that the Zanu PF government has been weakened.

“Mugabe has remained as Zimbabwe’s biggest liability because of his failure to manage his own succession in Zanu PF.”

“As a result of the economic and political challenges facing the country, we strongly believe support the position that Zimbabwe should be included on the agenda of this month’s Sadc summit,” Mafume said.

Comments (6)

Sadc is toothless bulldog. Nothing positive comes out of this talk shop except networking....

Dhewa - 28 August 2016

@Dhewa , SADC was toothless don't forget , but for now under the leadership of Khama they can do better , lets give them a chance . We, as the People of Zimbabwe have risen up , nobody will stop us and SADC is forced to act .

Khalabemgeza - 29 August 2016

zvimwe chete

BIG SHONS - 29 August 2016

Khama may steer something, however, if he is alone, very little reprieve may come the Zimboz's way. There were too many SADC Heads Of States who idolized Mugabe. May be this time, with people Magufuli, Khama, and to a lesser extent, Nyusi and Zuma, there may be some candid voices to tell Mugabe to behave.

ZimVendorisedNation - 29 August 2016

Africans unite liberate Zimbabwe. Above all God will free and liberate Zimbabwe. Thats what great legend Bob Marley sang. .. and so it shall come to pass

Mercy - 30 August 2016

Africans unite and liberate Zimbabwe. Above all God will free and liberate Zimbabwe, thats what great legend Bob marley sang ... and so shall it come to pass

Mercy - 30 August 2016

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