Former Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama has called upon Zimbabweans to make personal sacrifices to free themselves from the repressive ZANU PF-led government.
Speaking in a recent interview on Botswana’s Duma FM, Khama noted that Zimbabweans can act in such a way that they will force neighbouring countries to pay attention to their sufferings. He said:
Time has come for Zimbabweans to do something much more. Even if it means a personal sacrifice, withdrawal of labour crossing the borders to make neighbouring states pay attention to what is happening in Zimbabwe.
Khama revealed that he now regrets his decision to attend President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration when he was still Botswana president.
He said he had hoped that Mnangagwa’s ascension to power was an opportunity for Zimbabwe to move forward but alas, the opportunity was missed. He said:
I was really happy to share the words he (Mnangagwa) expressed at that inauguration about how he planned to take the nation of Zimbabwe forward. Coming away from that event, I thought to myself that this is great news and I wished him all the best.
I saw this as an opportunity for Zimbabwe to break from the past ways of doing things as there were indications that the country will be on the path to prosperity again.
Sadly, that part of the letter which hoped that there would be a new dispensation, unfortunately, has not happened and Zimbabweans are saying their situation is now worse than it was under Mugabe.
Khama did not see eye-to-eye with the late former president Robert Mugabe, who was also accused of gross human rights violations.