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Sadc urged to intervene in Zimbabwe as protests escalate

By Bridget Mananavire

Sadc must intervene in the escalating Zimbabwean crisis and facilitate a smooth transition of power in the country, a group of international elders — Graca Machel, Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu — have urged.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

The elders said “Zimbabwe is on the verge of an important transition which, if handled well, could lead to a peaceful and democratic change of leadership and a renewed focus on social and economic development”.

This comes amid rising protests against President Robert Mugabe’s misrule, among other issues, with police teargassing and brutally attacking civilians in a bid to quash the demonstrations.

Sadc is set to meet for the 36th regional summit in Swaziland from August 30 to 31, to discuss issues affecting southern Africa.

In a letter to Sadc, the elders said “we firmly believe that a successful transition is vital not only for Zimbabwe, but also for the region”.

“We are also convinced that, if the transition process is to succeed, it must be inclusive, transparent and framed in the national interest,” they said in the letter.

Machel, Tutu and Annan form part of The Elders council together with former United States president Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi Gro Brundtland, Fernando H Cardoso, Hina Jilani, Ricardo Lagos, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo.

In a statement, the trio said: “The elders call on the heads of State of…Sadc to consider how they can support a successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe that will return stability and growth to the country.”

“The elders believe the upcoming summit is an important opportunity to reflect on how best Sadc can help Zimbabwe manage the complex challenges ahead.”

This comes as civil society organisations have raised a red flag on human rights violations at the hands of Zimbabwe authorities, particularly the police.

In November 2008, the elders attempted to visit Zimbabwe to draw attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country but were denied entry.

At the time, Machel said: “Either the leadership doesn’t have a clear picture of how deep the suffering is of their own people, or they don’t care.” Daily News

  • hatichadi zanu chete

  • EU Must aid Zimbabwe not AU

  • Chii chinombonzi Sadhaki

  • Kkkkkk hanzi sadhaki

  • Sadhaki ndiyo varidzi veZimbabwe here?.

  • SADAC, no no no we don’t want to go 2008 way, no to inclusive government ,MUGABE MUST GO!

    • Julius Charakupa

      This time no amount of police brutality is going to stop Zimbabweans. Ngachitsve. Hatichatya. Hatitize. Kusiri kufa ndekupi? “Ihondo, muchengete vana!” Sadc inotiwana pamberi.

    • Oxen

      He won elections.

  • The issue of Zimbabwe can now be only solved by Zimbabweans because for long time these regional organs were taking us for granted. We put Mugabe in power and now we can keep him out. We are not going to intertain any nonsense until this regime goes full stop. The region can only talk about the exit of their Mugabe only and his exile country of refugee

    • Oxen

      Easier said than done though, good luck!

  • Please sadhiki

    • Stingray

      Sandaki (plastic shoes popular in the 70’s

      • worried_zimbo

        kkkkkkkkkkk yes

  • Maybe sadc wl becoz its undr the tutelage of a richly democrat Ian Khama

  • Nomusa Garikai

    SADC leaders must surely realize that the situation in Zimbabwe has become critical and time is running out for Zimbabwe and the region!

    • Oxen

      Time never runs out lol, there will always be time, clock ticks but still new day comes when one finishes! Go figure!

  • It’s too late Sadc failed Zimbabweans .They should have intervened a long way ago. Let Zimbaweans liberate themselves .

    • Oxen

      Those in power are Zimbabweans too!

  • am here to read comments kkkķkk SADHAKI

  • Sadick

  • Sadick

  • Sadick

  • SADAK NDIMUGABE OUT FACOF TSK

  • SADAK NDIMUGABE OUT FACOF TSK

  • SADAK NDIMUGABE OUT FACOF TSK

  • Those so called elders have lost credibility….

  • Those so called elders have lost credibility….

  • Those so called elders have lost credibility….

  • KANA Diana akabatwa chibharo naProphet ayizoenda ku church here ( drama ) zveSadhaki izvo haaaaa

  • KANA Diana akabatwa chibharo naProphet ayizoenda ku church here ( drama ) zveSadhaki izvo haaaaa

  • KANA Diana akabatwa chibharo naProphet ayizoenda ku church here ( drama ) zveSadhaki izvo haaaaa

  • This time we don’t want Sadc, we fight only, please don’t worry yourself sadc just watch the game

  • This time we don’t want Sadc, we fight only, please don’t worry yourself sadc just watch the game

  • This time we don’t want Sadc, we fight only, please don’t worry yourself sadc just watch the game

  • Mugabe must go period Zimbabweans will solve their own issues

  • Mugabe must go period Zimbabweans will solve their own issues

  • Mugabe must go period Zimbabweans will solve their own issues

  • Sadc must quicle.i dont know what are they waitng for.or they want to see blood.

  • Sadc must quicle.i dont know what are they waitng for.or they want to see blood.

  • Sadc must quicle.i dont know what are they waitng for.or they want to see blood.

  • Grace should just enjoy mandela’s money & stop this nonsense

  • Grace should just enjoy mandela’s money & stop this nonsense

  • Grace should just enjoy mandela’s money & stop this nonsense

  • The regime needs to go enough is enough!

  • The regime needs to go enough is enough!

  • The regime needs to go enough is enough!

  • Peter Kozelj

    So you want somebody else to straighten the mess you’ve got yourself into? You know, like free and independent.
    Here’s some news for you: nobody gives a shit anymore! Now you’re on your own.
    If you need somebody else to rule you you should’ve kept Ian & Co.

  • SADC who the fuck is that, this is a family feud outsiders out please.

  • SADC who the fuck is that, this is a family feud outsiders out please.

  • SADC who the fuck is that, this is a family feud outsiders out please.

  • Spineless SADC has no solution to Zim crisis they failed us then

  • Spineless SADC has no solution to Zim crisis they failed us then

  • Spineless SADC has no solution to Zim crisis they failed us then

  • Vana vashunyana

  • Vana vashunyana

  • Vana vashunyana

  • Where has SADC been all this time anyway. ..aiding and abetting rigged elections except for Bots of course

    • When Ian Khama tried to talk about this issue Mugabe told him he is a small boy he can’t talk to him but to his father so I don’t see sadc managing this issue but it is a test we are waiting to see how they will intervine I was expecting to hear their voices now

  • Where has SADC been all this time anyway. ..aiding and abetting rigged elections except for Bots of course

    • When Ian Khama tried to talk about this issue Mugabe told him he is a small boy he can’t talk to him but to his father so I don’t see sadc managing this issue but it is a test we are waiting to see how they will intervine I was expecting to hear their voices now

  • Where has SADC been all this time anyway. ..aiding and abetting rigged elections except for Bots of course

    • When Ian Khama tried to talk about this issue Mugabe told him he is a small boy he can’t talk to him but to his father so I don’t see sadc managing this issue but it is a test we are waiting to see how they will intervine I was expecting to hear their voices now

  • sure ngavapindire

  • sure ngavapindire

  • sure ngavapindire

  • Whoz the chairman of sadc ..pabate ipapo hapana zvinogadziriswa ne sadc

  • Whoz the chairman of sadc ..pabate ipapo hapana zvinogadziriswa ne sadc

  • Whoz the chairman of sadc ..pabate ipapo hapana zvinogadziriswa ne sadc

  • Sadc and Africa union have no solutions to Africa’s problems we have aged people in there that look after their own interest .

  • Sadc and Africa union have no solutions to Africa’s problems we have aged people in there that look after their own interest .

  • Sadc and Africa union have no solutions to Africa’s problems we have aged people in there that look after their own interest .

  • Sandak haina dhiri

  • Sandak haina dhiri

  • Sandak haina dhiri

  • sadac shit!

  • sadac shit!

  • sadac shit!

  • No guys this issue has nothing to do with sadcc countries bcoz they fear him.they fear mugabe no one say an negative word in front of him.guys think twice .see what is transpiring from last week worse yesterday in Harare cbd. Who can face mugabe and say baba step down now.zimbabwe is far different from south africa.this is a long story.

  • No guys this issue has nothing to do with sadcc countries bcoz they fear him.they fear mugabe no one say an negative word in front of him.guys think twice .see what is transpiring from last week worse yesterday in Harare cbd. Who can face mugabe and say baba step down now.zimbabwe is far different from south africa.this is a long story.

    • Oxen

      Zimbabwe is liberated South Africa not quite yet, the majority blacks own like 2% of the national wealth is SA!

  • No guys this issue has nothing to do with sadcc countries bcoz they fear him.they fear mugabe no one say an negative word in front of him.guys think twice .see what is transpiring from last week worse yesterday in Harare cbd. Who can face mugabe and say baba step down now.zimbabwe is far different from south africa.this is a long story.

  • Which Sa Dick?

  • Which Sa Dick?

  • Which Sa Dick?

  • Group of Elders my foot. ZVASIYANA

  • Group of Elders my foot. ZVASIYANA

  • Group of Elders my foot. ZVASIYANA

  • Diana ayinge atumwa naniko kana akasvika ku boyfriend achiti ndakabatwa chibharo naProphet ;

  • Diana ayinge atumwa naniko kana akasvika ku boyfriend achiti ndakabatwa chibharo naProphet ;

  • Diana ayinge atumwa naniko kana akasvika ku boyfriend achiti ndakabatwa chibharo naProphet ;

  • Who is sadac zimbabwe: Mugabe is the founder member of 98% of its members joined it through RG and he also contributed in their liberation therz nothing they can advise him, infect he tells them wat to to say about Zim to International *

  • Who is sadac zimbabwe: Mugabe is the founder member of 98% of its members joined it through RG and he also contributed in their liberation therz nothing they can advise him, infect he tells them wat to to say about Zim to International *

  • Who is sadac zimbabwe: Mugabe is the founder member of 98% of its members joined it through RG and he also contributed in their liberation therz nothing they can advise him, infect he tells them wat to to say about Zim to International *

  • Toothless dog

  • Toothless dog

  • Toothless dog

  • Sadc failed zim long ago. Infact Africans cant blame each other and cant solve the problems in another country. They failed in Lesotho,DRC,Sudan to mention a few. In the great lakes region blood flows more than water with no solution. What the African leaders are good at is blaming the west only. They are hungry for power and are econony destroyers and looters. Worse oppressors than colonial masters. To hell with Sadc. Zimbabweans know that Mbeki is the chief author of their problems. He failed to even ensure equitable sharing of ministries in Zim and told everybody all is well in Zim. Sadc even have the guts to sanction stolen election and declare them as free and fair. Sadc hands off Zim live us to fight it alone. Only UN can do a better job. Zimbabweans are better off with the west than Sadc

  • Sadc failed zim long ago. Infact Africans cant blame each other and cant solve the problems in another country. They failed in Lesotho,DRC,Sudan to mention a few. In the great lakes region blood flows more than water with no solution. What the African leaders are good at is blaming the west only. They are hungry for power and are econony destroyers and looters. Worse oppressors than colonial masters. To hell with Sadc. Zimbabweans know that Mbeki is the chief author of their problems. He failed to even ensure equitable sharing of ministries in Zim and told everybody all is well in Zim. Sadc even have the guts to sanction stolen election and declare them as free and fair. Sadc hands off Zim live us to fight it alone. Only UN can do a better job. Zimbabweans are better off with the west than Sadc

  • Sadc failed zim long ago. Infact Africans cant blame each other and cant solve the problems in another country. They failed in Lesotho,DRC,Sudan to mention a few. In the great lakes region blood flows more than water with no solution. What the African leaders are good at is blaming the west only. They are hungry for power and are econony destroyers and looters. Worse oppressors than colonial masters. To hell with Sadc. Zimbabweans know that Mbeki is the chief author of their problems. He failed to even ensure equitable sharing of ministries in Zim and told everybody all is well in Zim. Sadc even have the guts to sanction stolen election and declare them as free and fair. Sadc hands off Zim live us to fight it alone. Only UN can do a better job. Zimbabweans are better off with the west than Sadc

  • Pakaipa apa

  • Manyepo Kofi Maiwhee!!!!

  • SADC is the reason why we are in this situation with Mugabe.

  • Musanyeperwe aakunopotera kusandak mdara uye mgatirambe takadzvanya ipapo ipapo anoda chete no sandak this time we can do it alone zimboz and u.y.o power unemployed youth organisation.handei

  • The President once or few years ago prevented the same elders group from entering the Country…..I don’t think their calls can make any difference…..The President hates patronage or external interference and those calls will make transition look like something else……The sections of the establishment ie security, presidium are aware of everything and we are praying that they will allow and manage change the moment need arise

  • No more transition with ZANU pf

  • Mugabe is the issue.

  • Man who has a Malawian father? Fights holds onto and confuses Zimbabwe Zimbabweans need to check theirselves.

  • YES ZIMBABWEANS WE HV ONE VOICE . ENOUGH IS ENOUGH TATO JAMUKA HATIDZORE TSIMBO IKO ZVINO

  • UN huyai harahwa ite yatanga

  • Ngachitsveee .zanu p f matuzvi

  • They can’t touch him so SADC Its useless

  • Yu sadac fuck yu we don’t want yu anymore yu coursing unit government that is effect us now fuck yu sadac.we gonna sort it out our problems without yu

  • Does getting married to two dead presidents makes someone an elder in politics.There is a civil war in Mozambique Graca must go and help there.

  • If only Ian Khama was backed by fellow heads of state when he expressed his discontent of the countless stolen elections Zimbabwe woul not have been in the predicament it is in today. So Zimbos are doing it their way and that is the only way.

  • Stupid analysis . Zimbabwe regime change is determined by elections.

  • ndoda kumuona anoti nyoo.

  • We are sadc on our own,to hell with sadc,u let u down for so long,chupet

  • LEAVE US ZIMBOS TO DEAL WITH ZIMBABWE . Where has Sadc been all this time. Do us a favour and GET OUTTA HERE MAN

  • shut up Koffi, what did u do when you were secretary general, sis

  • Chikiti

    Fake Elders, they have never helped in anything except talk and condemn.

  • SADC has to help. Remember instability in Zim affects the entire region.

  • Realist

    Wait and see Charamba tomorrow will give them two finger rubbish them and say Zim has never been better. They are beyond help.

  • These elders are just custodians of failed states, toothless to have an effect in anything

  • Yes SADC must intervene b4 the UN with its peace shit intervene

  • Forget the so called Sadc it’s just a tea party to enjoy looted funds.They can do nothing dont even waist time to go and demo.After sadc it just remain sadc and then What..??The old man is goin there to tell them what to do.He own that the entire region.Social media works better than sadc.

  • The problem in Zim now just need Zimbabwe ,not the unions not Obama not the Chinis ,infect not outsiders.They are just needed after new goverment.

  • Koffi Anan you failed Zimbabwe when you were Secretary General of the United Nations Stop Now ! we are now dealing with the matter of Zimbabwe Free Zimbabwe Army less talk more Action fighting fire with fire Zimbabweans will never be fooled again

  • The time for change has come. It is irresistible. Many people will commit crimes trying to resist change.

  • kutowedzera!!!focoro,tsek.

  • Talk directly to sad head and see how you get snubbed. It’s business as usual .

  • Who is sadac chairperson?

  • We need the UN not SADC?

  • smart diplomacy

  • Oxen

    If Tutu is in the gang, then that proposal is dead on arrival. Mugabe has little to zero respect for Tutu who is a beloved of the British, the former colonizers. And Annan like all UN bosses or former UN bosses, has mostly words to offer and nothing more! Let zimbabwe people figure it out with out West meddling because they wanted all land to remain with their cronies and Blacks in tiny crowded enclaves of poverty.

  • U know what w are hvng our problems tht needs agent attention but this Tutu guy I dnt see any inspiration and noble thing in him.. jus seeing jis name makes every sense on it vanishes

  • Sadc must act on zim crisis

  • SADC you failed us what we want is early election and grandfather must not contest

  • What SADC!!!

  • Power transition is the president dead there is constitution don’t forget

  • SADC is not that trusted an organisation when it comes to Zimbabwe issue- not sure why?

  • Sadc you have failed us nxaaaa.

  • Tsek

  • Taurai henyu vanotya mugabe hakuna angamunongedza chigumwe kana kumuudza zvekuita ngatirove chete kusvika ati baba nechirungu

  • yowe

    Only Botswana has the guts to say anything the rest will hide behind the same old song ” let Zimbabweans solve their internal issues”

  • Mugabe must go within a blink of a eye

  • Desmond Tutu kaBishop ngochani kemuSA asi wati kuchatisa Lesbians and vanokwirana kumadhodho

  • who is SADAC they failed us big time