Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2.00PM / Proshare WebTV
Key African leaders Presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and Jacob Zuma of South Africa urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region.
In a press statement, President Buhari said “every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability.”
The appeal by the Nigerian leader came in the wake of reported “military takeover” as a result of rising political tension in the Southern African country sequel to President Robert Mugabe’s recent removal of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This led to the threat by the head of the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga, that “the military will not hesitate to step in” when the issue had to do with protecting the “revolution.”
On his part President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Chairman of the South Africa Development Commission has also called for calm and restraint and has expressed the hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of Government as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions.
According to Zuma “SADC will continue to closely monitor the situation and remains ready to assist where necessary to resolve the political impasse in keeping with established SADC Protocols and processes”.
Zuma who talked with President Mugabe confirmed that the Zimbabwean leader is fine but confined at the moment to his home. The South African President will send an advanced team of military leaders to engage all key stakeholders in Zimbabwe’s polity.
President Robert Mugabe is one of the longest serving African leaders, who became the leader of The Southern African nation since 1980 when it gained independence, meaning he has been in the realms of power for 37 years.
The on-going political crisis will be of immense concern to the various international organizations Zimbabwe belongs to namely; the United Nations, African Union and South Africa Development Commission(SADC), amongst others.
Zimbabwe has an approximate Gross Domestic Product of $14.6bl in economic terms has Mining and Agriculture as its major sector, while it runs a multi-currency system.