Sadc Leaders let Zim Down Again

SADC leaders have once again let the people of Zimbabwe down by the stance they took at the regional summit in Kinshasa, the DRC this week.

 The people of Zimbabwe were expecting that Sadc leaders would take a tough stance against President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF who continue to disregard basic human rights issues in order to maintain a tight grip on power.
Zanu PF and Mugabe were rejected by the people in the March 2008 elections but are still clinging to power just because some of the Sadc leaders are protecting Mugabe.
It was sad to note the Sadc leaders’ unwillingness to take a decisive and conclusive stance on the Zimbabwe issue. The human rights abuses, farm invasions and the failure to fully implement the Global Political Agreement are just but a few issues that require Sadc’s full attention.
 The decision has left the people of Zimbabwe –– who were hoping for a better future –– dejected and pessimistic about the future of the inclusive government.
Zanu PF is going full throttle in celebrating the failure by Sadc to chastise them and will use this endorsement to continue trampling on the rights of the people of Zimbabwe. This is all because the Sadc leaders have been silent on bringing Mugabe and Zanu PF to book on their actions. The regional bloc has failed to stand on the side of the suffering Zimbabweans.
Sadc leaders should take the collective blame for failing Zimbabwe at this crucial time.
It is high time that Sadc leaders were bold and stopped playing along to Mugabe’s tune.
 
Agrippa Zvomuya,
Harare.