Civic groups condemn quiet diplomacy

GABORONE - Civic groups in Botswana have urged southern African leaders to adopt a much more robust approach to resolve a six-year old political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.
Speaking at a belated solidarity march in Gaborone for victims of a controversial Zimbabwe government housing demolitio

n campaign last year, the civic groups called for a change of tactics by regional leaders as their policies on Zimbabwe were not working.
South Africa, seen as the best country to influence political change in Zimbabwe, has for the past six years refused to act against President Robert Mugabe’s government preferring a policy of “quiet diplomacy” against the Harare authorities.
Addressing the marchers, opposition Botswana Congress Party secretary general Lucas Taolo said “quiet diplomacy” was effectively a conspiracy against suffering Zimbabweans.
Taolo said Botswana, which currently chairs the Southern African Development Community (SADC) must push for a change of strategy in dealing with the Zimbabwe issue.
The march was organised by the Botswana Civil Society for Zimbabwe, a coalition of civic groups seeking to influence change in Zimbabwe, as part of commemorations for the clean-up exercise that left at least 700 000 people homeless and directly affected another 2.4 million people, according to a United Nations report. – ZimOnline

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