Mugabe, respect democracy – ANC

bobJOHANNESBURG South Africas ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has called on President Robert Mugabes Zanu (PF) to put the peoples interests ahead of their own, and speed up the implementation of all outstanding issues of the national unity government. (Pictured: President Robert Mugabe)

Mugabe has been accused by his coalition partners of showing outright disrespect for the two formations of the former opposition party and standing in the way of a smooth-flow of the unity government with the unilateral appointment of his allies into key public offices, using the security forces to harass the MDC and refusing to swear in MDC-T Treasurer-general, Roy Bennett into a cabinet post.

In a statement released Saturday by Jackson Mthembu, the ANC National Spokesperson, the party called on Mugabe and his party to respect the democratic will of the people of Zimbabwe, saying that any divergence from that would not affect only Zimbabwe, but South Africa as well.

Unite Zimbabweans

Key amongst these (Zanu (PF) congress resolutions) should be to advocate the interests not only of the party, but of the collective citizenry of Zimbabwe and to continue to entrench the democracy which you fought for so tirelessly over the years, read the ANC statement. We trust that Zanu (PF) will stay on course in this regard mindful of the imperative to unite all Zimbabweans as one people even under these challenging times.

The ANC added that Zanu (PF) should emerge from its just-ended congress to address the political and economic challenges currently facing Zimbabwe. These challenges include the consolidation of political stability, economic recovery and development, poverty alleviation and to confront various diseases which are taking their toll on the people of Zimbabwe. It is also our belief that the strength to be gathered from this congress will inject more life into the functioning of the interim government formed on the basis of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

We as the ANC will continue to work with Zanu (PF) and all other parties in the GPA. We wish to convey our sincerest hopes that Zanu (PF) will lead the way that will ensure that the decisions of the GPA are implemented in full. We believe that the GPA has laid the basis of economic recovery and further development for Zimbabwe. The ANC, whose President Jacob Zuma is the mediator in the Zimbabwean crisis, challenged Zanu (PF) to support and chart a course through this period of negotiations that should lead to a lasting solution to the challenges that face Zimbabwe.

It is our considered hope that these negotiations should become a resounding success. If things dont go well in Zimbabwe, we in South Africa will be affected because after all, we are only separated by a mere river, the Limpopo, added South Africas governing party.

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