Mugabe set to meet resistance at SADC summit in Swaziland

2016-08-22 14:59
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Harare – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to meet tough opposition at the 36th SADC regional summit in Swaziland next week, according to a report on Monday.

According to NewsDay, presidential spokesperson George Charamba confirmed that Mugabe would be at the summit, which is set to run between August 30 and 31 under the theme, Resource Mobilisation for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive SADC Industrialisation for Prosperity.

But, regional civil society groups at the SADC People's Summit have called on regional leaders to force the discussion on human rights abuses in the southern African country, which include police brutality against citizens expressing their rights to demonstrate, and issues of using social media to push for social justice.

This came just less than a week after Mugabe reportedly cancelled a trip to Ghana due to the ongoing political instability in his country.

Wave of protests 

Mugabe was expected to be a guest of honour, and deliver a lecture at a prestigious event that would award various people with the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize.

The event organisers, Millennium Excellence Foundation, claimed that the cancellation was due to reasons beyond their control. 

Zimbabwe has, in recent months, been hit by a wave of protests, as Zimbabweans demanded that the government act on the ongoing economic hardships.

Street protests, national work boycotts and internet activism are part of the ongoing rejection of Mugabe's rule.

This reportedly has offered hints that opposition to ageing Mugabe could be building towards a boiling point. 

However, Mugabe’s government has responded by implementing tougher measures aimed at curbing what it described as foreign sponsored protests.

Read more on:    sadc  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  swaziland  |  zimbabwe protests  |  southern africa

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