Zim opposition urges SADC, AU to push Mugabe out - report

2016-10-09 09:37
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Harare - Zimbabwean opposition, the People's Democratic Party led by Tendai Biti, has urged the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC)  to force President Robert Mugabe to cease power, a report said on Sunday.

According to New Zimbabwe, the former finance minister’s party handed a ten point petition to all member countries of the two blocs.

The petition was addressed to the heads of state, the SADC troika on politics, defence and security, as well as to the AU executive council, AU judicial and human rights institutions and AU peace and Security Council.

PDP youth leader Moses Manyengavana said that the 92-year-old veteran politician was not longer fit to run the southern African country.

Manyengavana further alleged that the ruling Zanu-PF under Mugabe's leadership had ruined the southern African nation's economy, stolen the country’s resources and committed human right atrocities.

"The people of Zimbabwe are tired of suffering. Yhe people of Zimbabwe deserve to exercise their freedoms of assembly, association and speech. The people of Zimbabwe deserve adequate social service delivery which includes access to education and healthcare...," Manyengavana was quoted as saying.

In recent months, Mugabe has been facing mounting criticism from outside and within his own Zanu-PF party. 

The veterans of the country's 1970s liberation war, normally staunch allies of Mugabe, vowed they would not support him if he sought re-election in 2018.

Just more than a week ago, some of the country's churches also wrote to parliament asking for Mugabe to be impeached.

The churches accused the veteran leader of being incapable of leading the southern African country. 

In a strong worded letter written to parliament the defiant church leaders claimed that the national assembly and the Senate had sufficient reasons to get rid of the nonagenarian as he had failed to uphold the constitution.

The church leaders cited section 97 of the southern African country's statutes, which stated that a president could be impeached if he was involved in "serious misconduct ; fails to obey, uphold or defend the constitution, willful violation of this constitution, or inability to perform the functions of the office because of physical or mental incapacity".

Read more on:    au  |  sadc  |  robert ­mugabe  |  tendai biti  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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