MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) has Tuesday condemned the Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads for congratulating President Emmerson Mnangagwa on his appointment as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation citing that they have turned a blind eye on the deteriorating economy of Zimbabwe.
In a statement, MDC condemned SADC for turning a blind eye on the deteriorating economy of Zimbabwe by celebrating Mnangagwa and appointing him as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
SADC heads have set October 25, 2019 as a day for solidarity march against the United States sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.
“On paragraph 14 of their Communique, SADC leaders report that “Summit noted the adverse impact on the economy of Zimbabwe and expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe and called for the immediate lifting of the sanctions to facilitate socio-economic recovery in the country”.
“Other than paragraph 6 of the Communique that congratulates ‘Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation’, nothing else is said about Zimbabwe.”
“It is disconcerting that SADC could congratulate Mr. Mnangagwa as the new head of the regional body’s organ on Defence and security at a time when Zimbabweans are suffering insecurity and defenselessness from the regime in power in Harare,” read part of the statement.
MDC has rebuked SADC campaign for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe citing that they must not ignore issues of legitimacy.
“Given Mnangagwa’s position, SADC’s call “for the immediate lifting of the sanctions to facilitate socio-economic recovery in the country” is odd and out of step with the reality in Zimbabwe.”
“Zimbabweans have come to know that when SADC leaders want to ignore or distort the tricky crisis of illegitimacy in Zimbabwe, they wax lyrical about sanctions and express ‘solidarity with Zimbabwe’, while saying and doing nothing about the worsening plight of Zimbabweans,” reads the statement.
According to MDC, the crisis Zimbabwe face is governance crisis.
MDC rebuked the fact that SADC leaders did not condemn the abduction of civil society leaders and political activists as well as police crackdown on the peaceful demonstration last Friday.
“As SADC leaders were meeting in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, Zimbabwean State agents were busy abducting civil society and political activists; while the police and army were issuing illegal prohibition orders like confetti to deny citizens from holding peaceful demonstrations against the worsening economic hardships induced not by sanctions but by unprecedented corruption through rent-seeking schemes like command agriculture, fuel cartels and abuse of treasury bills by the ruling elite.”
“On the back of Zimbabwe’s crisis of illegitimacy, these hardships induced by corruption coupled with incompetence are causing multitudes of Zimbabweans to cross the borders into neighbouring SADC countries, notably but not only South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia,” reads the statement.
MDC has urged SADC to implement the following recommendations.
“Urgently be seized of the matter of Zimbabwe in order to address the multifaceted crisis and prevent further deterioration of the situation.”
“Urgently find a lasting solution to the Zimbabwean crisis anchored on facilitated and credible national dialogue,” reads the statement.