The Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson, who is also the President of Namibia Dr Hage G. Geingob, has thrown weight on the government of Zimbabwe after he released a statement on the political and socio-economic situation in Zimbabwe.
By Audreyanna Makara
The SADC heads of states and Government noted that since the hostile takeover of power, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s has continued with concerted efforts to address socio-economic challenges and transform the economy through the Zimbabwe Transitional Stabilization Program (2018-2020).
SADC has also noted that, in an effort to to address the economic challenges in the country the government increased fuel prices which led to violent demonstrations that resulted in destruction of property and loss of life. They have condemned the violence that took place and expressed sympathy with the affected families for the loss of their loved ones and their properties.
Zimbabwe’s economy is negatively affected by the illegal sanctions that were imposed on the country since the early 2000 and SADC has expressed its solidarity with the Government of and the people of Zimbabwe and has called upon the international community to unconditionally lift all sanctions imposed on the country.
The Zimbabwean government has commenced dialogue with all stakeholders in the country with a view to strengthen economic transformation and calls upon all stakeholders to support the process.
MDC Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has since snubbed the discussions saying that they are nothing but a facade.