SADC calls for peace in Zimbabwe

20 Nov 2017 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika has called on Zimbabwe to settle its political challenges through peaceful means.
The call follows a SADC Organ Troika plus Council Chairperson Ministerial Meeting held on Friday in Gaborone, Botswana on the political situation in Zimbabwe since the military took over the government last week.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force said it was only targeting criminals who were committing crimes and causing social and economic suffering in the country.
The takeover closely follows Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s firing of the country’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move widely criticised by war veterans and army generals.
A statement issued on Monday by Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said the ministerial meeting expressed great concern over the unfolding situation in the neighbouring country.
“Having considered the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe, the Organ Troika recommended the convening of an urgent extraordinary SADC summit and committed to remain seized with the situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe,” the statement read. A date for the summit was not provided.
The meeting, which was held at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, was attended by South Africa, Angola, Zambia and Tanzania.
Mugabe was on Sunday voted out as the ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front leader during a central committee meeting and replaced with Mnangagwa as its acting leader.
He was also expected to resign as the country’s president by noon on Monday or face impeachment, which he failed to do. As a result, a motion to impeach Mugabe will be put in the Zimbabwean Parliament on Tuesday.