Namibia monitoring Zimbabwe military action

15 Nov 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibian Government has expressed concern with the military action in Zimbabwe, but said it is continuing to monitor the unfolding situation.
According to international media reports, Zimbabwe’s military seized control of the government and placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. The Zimbabwe national broadcaster and the country’s international airport are also under military control.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said although Namibia has noted that the situation in the neighbouring country is relatively calm, it was expected that democratic institutions in Zimbabwe would continue to carry out their constitutional functions.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the current situation has created uncertainty which is not conducive to peace, stability and consolidation of democracy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Namibia urged all parties concerned to fully adhere to the relevant provisions of the SADC Treaty and the African Union Constitutive Act.
The military action came after Mugabe recently fired Zimbabwe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move widely criticised by war veterans and army generals.
The 93-year-old Mugabe has been Zimbabwe’s leader since 1987, succeeding Canaan Banana, under whom he served as prime minister for seven years.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force (ZDF) has assured citizens of that country and the international community that it has not overthrown the Government of Zimbabwe and that they have no intention to do so.
ZDF further denied that its action was tantamount to a coup d’etat, saying it was only targeting criminals who were committing crimes and causing social and economic suffering in the country.