By Watmore Makokoba
After having found hope from the military action that took place in the past few days, Zimbabweans do not want anything to stand on their way to freedom from Mugabe’s 37 ruthless rule.
Following what seems to be coup by the Zimbabwean National Army (ZNA), though they denied it’s a coup, the current SADC Chairperson, South Africa President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mugabe had phoned him to alert him of his predicament, perhaps to seek SADC intervention. SADC is the Southern African Development Community, an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana.
As was expected, Zuma sent an envoy to come and assess the situation, however, Zimbabwean citizens said a big No to all that, revolt campaigns against SADC are all over social media platforms
Former Zanu PF legislator and Member of Parliament for Norton Temba Mliswa reminded SADC that the Zimbabwean Army is experienced enough and must be left alone on this.
“The Zimbabwe National Army in terms of ground force is the most experienced and most efficient. SADC must be aware of that in whatever decision that they take. The ZNA has always responded to the call of duty across Africa. Just saying.”
On the same note, Trevor Ncube who own Mail & Guardian SA & Newsday in Zimbabwe implored SADC to simply back off.
“Dear SADC, AU, EU & US we plead with you to stay out of the political standoff in Zimbabwe. 37 years of your errors of commission and omission has hurt us. We are very clear what we want and you can’t help. Sincerely Trevor Ncube Long Suffering Citizen who loves Zimbabwe dearly”
What if SADC doesn’t want Zimbabwe to prosper? What if their comfort zone is having us running to their countries vachitiXenophobera? pic.twitter.com/jR8A6dVqqJ
— Kunakirwa (@kunakirwa) November 16, 2017
SADC countries don’t want Zimbabweans in their countries, but SADC wants Zimbabweans to be dependent on their countries.
SADC stop it, forthwith!
— Tichingo____MWASHUKA (@MachineGunTKay) November 16, 2017
SADC = Useless pic.twitter.com/8FR1JWbVUG
— Joe Black 🇿🇼 (@joeblackzw) November 16, 2017
Fadzai Mahere, prominent human rights Lawyer and aspiring independent candidate for upcoming 2018 election questioned the move.
“When Zimbabwe has faced real security issues, including 2016 uprisings and 2008 election violence, SADC was nowhere to be seen. South Africa said there was “no crisis.” Zim is at its most peaceful today. SADC wants to come and ruin it. Please just stay out of it. Bob must go,
“SADC never loved us. They suspended and ignored the Constitution in 2008 because it was against Mugabe. They purport to cling to the Constitution today in order to support Mugabe. Africa will never get ahead if its regional bodies are hypocritical & don’t care about the people”
Nehanda Radio Managing Editor Lance Guma also had no kind words for the regional organization.
‘Zimbabweans have to decide whether we support the removal of #Mugabe by the army or not otherwise #SADC are about to impose a solution for us. They love to see us as refugees and cheap labour in their countries”
On the other hand, Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) said the organization is closely monitoring the unfolding political developments in Zimbabwe since the military takeover on Wednesday, November 14, 2017.
The human rights organization said although SADC saw it prudent to intervene, the history of such interventions failed to yield anything for the general population of Zimbabwe.
“This signals another round of SADC involvement in Zimbabwean affairs previous ones of which have failed to address the underlying political factors causing cyclic instability in Zimbabwe, mainly lack of durable and sustainable democratic reforms,
“As a human rights organisation, ZimRights favour a solution by local stakeholders and the international community that will lead to civilian authority, human rights respect, constitutionalism and democratic elections”
Zimbabwe needs a transition to democracy, which is guided by the will of the people, rather than repeated preservation of an undemocratic political dispensation and a scenario of State capture, which have sparked the current instability.