Botswana President Ian Khama has described the defiance by Zanu PF to implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) as a lame excuse aimed at sliding Zimbabwe back into political turmoil.
As a result, Khama said the subterfuge should be put to the test by lifting whatever restrictions it has on Zimbabwe to prove that Zanu PF was using those restrictions as a diversionary tactic for its defiance of the GPA.
President Robert Mugabe and his party have on numerous occasions blamed the West for the country’s economic collapse.
Speaking in his state of the nation address to the second session of the Parliament of Botswana on Monday, Khama said Sadc believed that political tolerance, democracy, good governance, respect for human rights, and the rule of law were necessary for the attainment of peace, safety and stability.
“Our own reasons for wanting the sanctions lifted are, firstly for all parties internal and external, to help provide a conducive climate for the GPA to succeed and secondly, because Zanu-PF chooses to use the sanctions issue as an excuse for them not to fully deliver within the process they are a part of,” said Khama.
“For reconciliation in Zimbabwe to have any chance of success, leading to the holding of credible elections, will require effective monitoring of the process every step of the way.
“As it is, we are becoming concerned about ongoing developments that can easily lead to a further deterioration of the situation within Zimbabwe, resulting in the possible collapse of the GPA.”
During his recent visit to South Africa together with President Jacob Zuma they reiterated the current regional position taken at the Sadc summits, held in Pretoria and Windhoek in 2009 and 2010 respectively, that sanctions on Zimbabwe should be lifted.
Zanu PF and the Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC are at loggerheads over the lifting of sanctions and appointment of provincial governors.