Namibia not silent on Zimbabwe: PM

19 Jul 2016 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says Namibia has never been silent when there are issues of human rights violations on the African continent.
Responding to a concern raised by DTA of Namibia President McHenry Venaani in the National Assembly last Thursday that Namibia has been silent about the current situation in Zimbabwe, the Premier said Namibia follows the relevant protocol when addressing such matters.
“Namibia is never silent. We do act through the structure through which we are members. We call upon those parts of the continent to lift up to the commitment they have made as members of the African Union (AU).”
She added that Namibia has been working actively as part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to assist Zimbabwe in bringing the social, political and economic situation in that country to normal, not only for humanitarian purposes, but also to ensure that the region enjoys stability necessary for development.
Many Zimbabweans, including civil servants such as teachers and nurses, stayed at home on 06 July in a protest against the government “for allowing corruption, injustice and poverty”.
This followed after a clash between the police and taxi drivers over police officers allegedly using road blocks to extort cash from motorists.
Security forces used tear gas and water cannon to disperse angry protests outside Harare.
Other protests have broken out at the border with South Africa over a ban on some imports.
About 300 people have been arrested for participating in protests around the country since last week.
The southern African nation, ruled by president Robert Mugabe, has been gripped by a devastating drought, adding to high unemployment and an acute shortage of cash that has angered citizens.
On Saturday, hundreds of women in Zimbabwe demonstrated against President Robert Mugabe's government by beating pots, symbolising a nation facing starvation and economic hardships.
Senior members of Mugabe’s administration have blamed international sanctions for the cash crisis that has forced the government to delay wages to civil servants, while protestors have been warned of having to face legal actions.