Namibian opposition parties welcome Mugabe resignation

21 Nov 2017 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibian opposition party members have welcomed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday, and commended the country for maintaining peace during its military action last week.
Mugabe resigned as the country’s leader on Tuesday, a day after he was expected to step down as president following his removal from the ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) leadership on Sunday.
Mugabe resigned while a motion to impeach him was in process in the Zimbabwean Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.
National Union Democratic Organisation President, Asser Mbai told Nampa that looking at the process that took place since last week to have Mugabe step down, it was commendable that the process of transformation was done in a peaceful and respectable manner.
“Zimbabweans are scattered across the continent and this gives them a golden opportunity to go back home and reconstruct the economy of the country,” Mbai said.
Rally for Democracy and Progress member Mike Kavekotora also welcomed the move from Mugabe, but questioned the motive behind the military action shortly after Mugabe fired vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Last week, Zimbabwe’s military seized control of the government, saying it was only targeting criminals who were committing crimes and causing social and economic suffering in the country.
Kavekotora said that if the move was done to strengthen the capacity of the ruling party to ensure that it gets votes in next year’s elections, then the benefit of Mugabe’s resignation to the man on the street would be minimal.
“If it was done to re-engineer and renew Zimbabwe, then it will benefit everyone including those who were displaced and create an economic upswing,” Kavekotora said.
Kavekotora added that Mugabe’s move to resign was welcomed as the Zimbabwean economy suffered and could no longer survive on its own in the global economy with a high inflation rate.
South West Africa National Union’s Usutuaije Maamberua said Mugabe has done what the Zimbabwean people wanted him to do, which was to step down as president, adding that it was now up to the country to deal with how it would shape its future.
The 93-year-old Mugabe has been Zimbabwe’s leader since 1987, succeeding Canaan Banana, under whom he served as prime minister since 1980.