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A delegation of civil society activists from the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition left for Tanzania yesterday on a diplomatic offensive aimed at urging Sadc member states to get tough on Zimbabwe when they meet for their regional summit in Mozambique in October.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition coordinator MacDonald Lewanyika told NewsDay they had targeted Tanzania because it is the chair of Sadc’s Troika on Politics, Defence and Security. He said the civic groups were demanding that Sadc as guarantors of the Global Political Agreement increase their intervention and end the country’s political crisis.

“Tanzania at the moment is occupying an important place which is the Troika on Politics, Defence and Security and they are also one of the three countries to be seconded to Jomic (Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee),” Lewanika said.

“We are hopeful that they will be able to talk for Zimbabweans when they go to the full summit in October in Maputo, Mozambique. The delegation left today (yesterday) and will be in Tanzania until Friday. They will meet leaders there, including some in the presidency and the president’s office.”

Lewanyika said the trip was not a “once off” trip, but part of civil society’s concerted efforts to ensure that Sadc understands the country’s crisis from ordinary citizen’s perspective.

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