Zimbabweans in Namibia still uncertain about fate back home

22 Nov 2017 17:10pm
By Isabel Bento and Twahafa Neshuku
WINDHOEK, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – While the resignation of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday was met with a lot of joy by many Zimbabwean nationals residing in Namibia, some expressed concern about the uncertain future of their country.
Some Zimbabwean nationals revealed that their fate back home is unclear and many of them have established businesses and have families here that they cannot just leave behind.
“As much as I want to celebrate, I have mixed emotions because I believe this is still the same government under the same leadership,” said a street vendor who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity.
He operates in Khomasdal and has been living in Namibia with his family for the past 15 years.
He suggested that for the positive transformation to occur in Zimbabwe, a coalition government with new ideas and more young leaders should be implemented.
Geoffrey Gotosa, a civil engineer by profession and a street vendor by circumstance, said he has been running his cockroach killing chemical business and has found refuge in Namibia despite a few hiccups.
“I have had a few immigration issues, however, I have never experienced any form of xenophobia in this country,” he expressed.
Gotosa added that Namibia is the most peaceful and accommodating country in the Southern African Development Community, hence his hesitance to leave immediately.
Most Zimbabweans this agency spoke to said that regardless of leadership transition, they still continue to honour Mugabe as a national leader.
They added that there is no need for him to seek asylum in other countries, as they will continue to protect and take care of him.
Mugabe resigned on Tuesday while the process for his impeachment was underway in the Zimbabwean Parliament.
The 93-year-old Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, serving first as a prime minister under the presidency of Canaan Banana, before taking over as president in 1987.
The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front party appointed currently exiled Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as its interim president last week. He is expected to be sworn in on Friday.