Zimbabwe 'a serious threat to regional stability'

2015-06-17 12:44

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has urged the Southern African Development Community and the African Union "to put their focus on Zimbabwe once again".

In a statement sent to News24 on Wednesday, MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said there was a need for the two organisations to confront President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party regarding the country’s continued political and economic deterioration.

"The MDC calls upon both SADC and the AU to put their focus on Zimbabwe once again. It would be folly for these two organisations to proceed as if there is no crippling crisis in Zimbabwe," Gutu said.

The situation in Zimbabwe was becoming a "serious" threat to the security and stability of the continent, Gutu said.

"Robert Mugabe and his rogue Zanu-PF regime should be confronted and told, in no uncertain terms, that the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe is now a serious threat to both regional and continental security and stability."

'Ruinous agricultural policies'

Gutu said SADC needed to convene an urgent summit to discuss Zimbabwe’s situation.

This comes as Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) on Monday that the country needed at least $300m for food imports.

"For the record, I want to assure that government will do all in its power to ensure that no one starves and that everyone gets food of adequate nutritional value," Mnangagwa was quoted as saying.

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe's maize production had decreased by 49%, a development which the MDC blamed on the ruling party's "ruinous agricultural policies".

Brutal assault

"As a direct result of the ruinous agricultural policies and violent so-called land reform programme undertaken by the beleaguered and faction-ridden Zanu-PF regime over the past 15 years, the country has only managed to harvest a paltry 49% of its national maize requirements," said Gutu.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Zimbabwe has been on the SADC radar since the brutal assault by the state of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and other opposition leaders in 2007.

A disputed presidential run-off poll in June 2008, which saw the killing of a reported 300 opposition supporters in three months of allegedly state sponsored-violence, drew rare condemnation from the continent, the report said.

This led to the formation of a coalition government in Zimbabwe which was under constant curatorship from SADC and the AU.

The unity government ended in 2013 after Mugabe won the presidential elections, which the MDC said were a “farce”.

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