AU Speaks On G40 Petition Calling For Sanctions Against Mnangagwa

The African Union (AU) has said that it has not received a petition allegedly authored by the G40 fronted New Patriotic Front.

In an interview with The Chronicle, AU Commission’s chairperson Mr Moussa Faki said that they have not received the petition which calls on the continental body to impose sanctions against President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. Said Faki:

I am just learning from you now. I have not received any copy of the petition.

Below is part of the document:

In light of the foregoing, the New Patriotic Front demands that in the first place the conduct and statements of the African Union and SADC in relation to the events of the 15th of November 2017 cannot stand in blatant violation of the Constitutive Acts of these organisations and the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Such a dereliction of duty cannot be countenanced and cannot be without consequence or relief As set out in the opening paragraph, the following is demanded of the AU and SADC:-

a) openly renounce and condemn the said events of 15 November 2017 as a military coup;

b) take all steps necessary to refrain from recognising the legality or legitimacy of the military regime currently purporting to form the Government of Zimbabwe;

c) cease all diplomatic ties and cooperation and recognition of the said Government of Zimbabwe and further to refuse to accord it any recognition as a member in good standing of the AU and SADC;

However, Faki endorsed the military intervention that led to the ouster of Robert Mugabe and many members of the G40 Faction. Faki said that the military intervention was constitutional and the African Union will fully support the new dispensation. Said Faki:

In fact, we highly appreciate the way that the transition has taken place and also according to the laws and constitution of the country. We have come at this period in order to consult with the Government on how to support Zimbabwe during this crucial period of transition. I want to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for the warm welcome that has been accorded to us and also the meeting we have had which has been very enriching.

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