AU, SADC urged to confront Mugabe

MDC-T has urged SADC and the African Union (AU) to step in and rescue Zimbabwe from the current crisis here.

Obert Gutu
Obert Gutu

Ironically, President Robert Mugabe is the chair of both the AU and SADC.

In a statement, Obert Gutu, the MDC-T national spokesperson, said the two bodies should confront Mugabe and his government.

SADC played a crucial role in the formation of a government of national unity in 2009 following an internationally disputed presidential run-off in 2008.

“The MDC calls upon both SADC and the AU to put their focus on Zimbabwe once again. It would be folly for these two organisations to proceed as if there is no crippling crisis in Zimbabwe.

“Robert Mugabe and his rogue Zanu PF regime should be confronted and told, in no uncertain terms, that the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe is now a serious threat to both regional and continental security and stability,” said Gutu.

He said there must be an urgent summit to discuss the deteriorating political and economic situation in Zimbabwe, which he said was now at a crossroads. With Mugabe at the helm of the two organizations, this’s is highly unlikely to happen.

“Everything that can go wrong has since gone wrong.It is apparent that the Zanu PF regime is totally clueless regarding how to extricate the country from this debilitating economic mayhem and liquidity crunch.

“We are at the deep end. No amount of propaganda and spin can camouflage the excruciating and grinding poverty that is being experienced by the majority of the people on a daily basis,” added Gutu.

He said Zimbabwe’s main problem was its lack of political legitimacy, describing the government as “renegade and rogue”.

The opposition party spokesperson called on Zimbabweans to “join hands in finding lasting and effective solutions to extricate our beloved motherland from the prevailing political and socio – economic quagmire”.

Zimbabwe urgently needs some $300 million to import food in order to avert starvation following poor harvests that accounted for only 49 percent of the country’s annual cereal needs.

The majority of companies have close shop or downsized, forcing thousands of people into the informal sector.

“There is virtually no meaningful domestic and foreign direct investment (FDI) that is flowing into Zimbabwe mainly because the Zanu (PF) regime has effectively lost control of the state apparatus.

“We are now a virtual banana republic where the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing…and the few foreign investors who are making enquiries about investment opportunities in Zimbabwe are getting confused and frustrated,” added Gutu.

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