Some Zimbabweans have launched an online petition calling on Sadc to stay away from the political crisis in Zimbabwe, so that “the people of Zimbabwe must fix their own problems themselves.” This comes as SADC is mediating between the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and President Robert Mugabe after the military took power from Mugabe in the early hours of Wednesday.
The petition reads:
The Zimbabweans and International Humanitarian community asked you to help Zimbabweans in their struggle against a dictator and you said, “Zimbabwe is a sovereign state and the people of Zimbabwe must fix their own problems themselves”.
WE therefore kindly ask you to allow the people of Zimbabwe to do just that. The Zimbabwe Defence forces is made up of Zimbabweans and the army takeover though not ideal is indeed Zimbabweans fixing their problems themselves. WE are fully supportive of the army stepping in as they should have done many years ago.
As you gather in Botswana today, please drink your tea and biscuits and watch on your tv’s the same way you did for 37 years. There is no need at this time for you to do anything but business as usual. We speak for many people when we say we hoped and prayed for this day for long and now that it’s here, DON’T mess it up for us. If you love Mugabe so much you can have him all to yourselves, we will even throw in a 50 something year old lady as a bonus.
We hope for Zimbabweans you will consider our request. If you take any action, you will be going against the Zimbabwean army and all the Zimbabwean civillians in and outside the country.