‘Sadc fed up with Zim political crisis’

MDC leader Welshman Ncube says the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) is fed up with Zimbabwe’s continuous political and economic crisis and was no longer keen to intervene.

by Staff Reporter

Ncube told journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Thursday that Zimbabweans have now been left squarely with the responsibility of resolving their own mess.

“We tried the Sadc route. In Maputo [Mozambique] in 2013 around May, you could sense the desperation among those Heads of State in attendance to wash their hands off the Zimbabwe question,” he said.

“They were so desperate to say we have solved the Zimbabwe problem and there is no issue anymore.”

Zimbabwe was from 2009 to July 2013 under a Sadc-brokered unity government between Zanu PF and the two MDC formations led by then leader Arthur Mutambara while Ncube was secretary-general and Morgan Tsvangirai respectively after disputed elections in 2008.

“Trust me, short of a monumental crisis involving massacre of people here, Sadc will never re-assume the Zimbabwe issue. If anyone thinks they will, you belong to Ingutsheni (mental hospital),” Ncube said.

“From 2008 to the last summit in Maputo, you could tell that we are whistling in the wind. Sadc was tired.

“The broader international community understands that the Zimbabwean crisis was solved during 2013 elections.”

Mugabe’s Zanu PF won in the 2013 general elections, but the MDCs alleged massive rigging.

“In the diplomatic community, post-July 2013, the buzz word was re-engagement, and it was desperate to re-engage the Zimbabwe government and normalise relations.
“They are greatly disappointed that the great opportunity offered were not taken”.
Ncube said the country was fast inching towards an economic meltdown similar to that of 2008.

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