'Worried' Swapo says Zimbabwe can self-correct

17 September 2020 | International



Swapo says it is 'worried' about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe, punctuated by an increasing crackdown on protests and arrests of journalists, saying the situation could spill over into neighbouring countries such as Namibia.

However, Swapo spokesperson Hilma Nicanor says there is hope in the ruling party that Zimbabwe will return to normalcy and once again become a beacon in Africa. She was approached for comment following a visit to Zimbabwe by a delegation of South Africa's ruling party ANC, led by its secretary-general Ace Magashule. The visit was prompted by a crackdown after more than 60 people were arrested in a protest against President Emmerson Mnangagwa, according to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). The protests are said to have begun peacefully, with demonstrators rallying to decry corruption and human rights abuses in the country, but the government cracked down swiftly. To denounce the arrests, activists started using #ZimbabweanLivesMatter on social media.

Reflecting on the recent visit by the ANC, Nicanor said Swapo maintained brotherliness with the ANC and other liberation movements in southern Africa and was closely observing the situation in Zimbabwe.

“We are worried and are looking forward to them finding a solution. It is incumbent upon them to find solutions. We would love for the situation to be put under control. We are all following and monitoring the situation on the ground,” said Nicanor.

Nicanor pointed out that what was happening in neighbouring countries affected Namibia as well.

“What affects our neighbouring countries affects all of us as well,” she said.

Khama weighs in

In an exclusive interview with Namibian Sun recently, former Botswana president Ian Khama described the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) tolerance of the human rights violations in Zimbabwe as “shameful”.

Khama was the only regional head of state who called the late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe to order while other SADC leaders believed in “quiet diplomacy” when it came to Zimbabwean issues for the past two decades.

Recently Khama participated in the #ZimbabweanLivesmatter movement and met Zimbabweans in his country to get an understanding of their deteriorating plight

“SADC's silence perpetuates this kind of suffering when rigged elections are passed off as credible elections. SADC, as usual, is disappointing, it is frustrating,” he said.

ANC piles pressure on Mnangagwa

The ANC delegation was in Harare for talks amid reports of human rights violations in South Africa's northern neighbour.

Zanu-PF said the ANC had been made to believe that there was a crisis in Zimbabwe.

ANC national executive committee member Lindiwe Zulu, who was part of the delegation, said that the crisis in Zimbabwe was a case of national importance which warranted the use of state resources.

Similar News


Biden campaign mocks Trump

2 days ago - 29 September 2020 | International

TIMOTHY BELLAWASHINGTONPresident Trump on Sunday demanded that Joe Biden be subjected to a drug test for the first presidential debate this week, once more suggesting...

300 000 Mozambicans flee homes

2 days ago - 29 September 2020 | International

THEMBELIHLE MKHONZAJOHANNESBURGThe United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has raised concerns about the escalating conflict and deteriorating food security situation in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado...

Orange River agreement revised

1 week ago - 21 September 2020 | International

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAgriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has recommended that the National Assembly ratifies the revised Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission (Orasecom) agreement.The agreement between Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho...

'Worried' Swapo says Zimbabwe can self-correct

2 weeks ago - 17 September 2020 | International

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKSwapo says it is 'worried' about the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe, punctuated by an increasing crackdown on protests and arrests of journalists,...

Namibia mourns Bizos

2 weeks ago - 10 September 2020 | International

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNamibia has joined the world in mourning legendary South African human rights lawyer, advocate George Bizos, who represented Nelson Mandela and many other...

Three massacres in Colombia in 24 hours

3 weeks ago - 10 September 2020 | International

SINIKKA TARVAINENBOGOTAThree massacres have taken place in Colombia within a 24-hour period, with a total of 12 people killed, local media reported on Tuesday.More than...

Racist advert storm spreads

3 weeks ago - 10 September 2020 | International

SIHLE MLAMBOJOHANNESBURG Clicks and Tresemmé, the two companies at the centre of a racism storm over black women's hair, should release the names of the...

Israeli protesters keep pressure on Netanyahu

3 weeks ago - 08 September 2020 | International

NAMPA/APJERUSALEMThousands of Israelis protested outside the official residence of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night and into early Sunday, pressing ahead with a months-long...

Frenchman livestreams his death on Facebook

3 weeks ago - 08 September 2020 | International

NAMPA/REUTERSPARISA Frenchman suffering from a rare and incurable condition is livestreaming his death on social media as he refuses to take food, drink or medicine...

Tell-all book exposes Trump

3 weeks ago - 08 September 2020 | International

KAUNDA SELISHOJOHANNESBURGWhen US president Donald Trump made headlines back in January 2018 for allegedly making the now-infamous “s**thole countries” remark, many South Africans never imagined...

Latest News

Quota auction disaster

18 hours ago | Fishing

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKA series of schoolboy errors has led to a massive failure of the government’s recent fish quota auction, which netted the state a paltry...

Uutoni has final say on...

18 hours ago | Government

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUUrban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni will have the last say as to whether 83.1738 hectares of land at Divundu in the Kavango...

Govt spends N$2.3bn to buy...

18 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe government has spent N$2.3 billion on the acquisition of 558 farms measuring 3.4 million hectares to resettle landless Namibians to date.The government started...

Nam tourism sector observes world...

18 hours ago | Business

By Ndalimpinga IitaTourism enterprises and operators in Namibia organized excursions to mark the World Tourism Day.At a popular heritage site in the Namibian capital Windhoek,...

Youth must stand up and...

18 hours ago | Opinion

Young Namibians have historically been the torchbearers of every revolution we have come to experience.In fact, that’s the story everywhere in Africa. Nelson Mandela, Yoweri...

Snared Etosha elephant calf rescued

18 hours ago | Environment

FRANCOISE STEYNBERGWINDHOEKAn elephant calf that was spotted near Namutoni in the Etosha National Park with a wire snare cutting deep into the flesh of its...

Nam upper middle-income classification misleading

18 hours ago | Economics

Namibia has a small population and is endowed with natural resources however, the country faces ongoing impediments to realising its developmental aspirations, said president Hage...

Six arrested for wildlife crimes

18 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKSix suspects have been arrested in connection with wildlife crimes and two new cases were registered last week.Three of the suspects were arrested for...

Swapo processes under fire

18 hours ago | Politics

OTIS FINCKWALVIS BAYAccording to an aggrieved group, Swapo leaders assigned to the Erongo Region baffled members in the districts by pushing through disputed candidate nominations...

Load More