SADC Unhappy With Mnangagwa Over Mbeki Snub

Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders have been left frustrated by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s refusal to accept former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s mediation between his administration and opposition MDC leader Nelson Chamisa.

A SADC diplomat accredited to Harare told The Independent that regional leaders have realised that it’s Mnangagwa rather than Chamisa, who is against serious dialogue, with companies from South Africa and Botswana not happy about Zimbabwe’s hostile investment climate. The diplomat is quoted as saying:

There is growing frustration in the Sadc region about Mnangagwa’s failure to give Mbeki the chance to mediate in the political impasse. They now think that Zimbabwe is not serious about transforming its economy. There is huge disgruntlement over this issue in the diplomatic circles and the entire region.

Basically, the concerns are coming from the fact that there are many South African and Botswana companies investing in Zimbabwe and they are feeling the heat from the economic meltdown as they cannot repatriate their profits.

The general economic environment has been very unfriendly. There was a lot of optimism when Mbeki started the moves, but all that has dissipated now. Sadc leaders are also disappointed that the political impasse in Zimbabwe has persisted for far too long.

Mbeki visited Zimbabwe mid-December last year on a SADC-initiated mission to facilitate dialogue between Mnangagwa and Chamisa after regional leaders realised that the country’s problems were a result of its toxic political climate.

The veteran statesman was expected to return to Zimbabwe in late December but Mnangagwa’s recalcitrance has kept him out.

More: The Independent

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4 comments on “SADC Unhappy With Mnangagwa Over Mbeki Snub

  1. Thieves want to keep the translucent and opaque economic situation going so that they will continue looting. These dogs. To them as a Mafia SADC is NOTHING but a toothless dog!!!

  2. mnangagwa is the devil here he is the crook that hate piece because he is a thief and a looter he knows if peace prevails he cannot run the mabhemba and many mines he owns

  3. Mbeki, who is Mbeki? Oh yes he is that idiotic ex President of that failed state called South Africa. He came here once before in the midst of all that Mugabe-driven turmoil only to declare: ‘What problem – there is no problem in Zimbabwe’. The wrecking ball had already started, but this idiot Mbeki, who incidentaly, is the worlds most prolific AIDS denialist, never saw it, and is still blind to Africas’ corruption and bad politics.

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