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MDC Puts More Pressure On SADC Over Zim Crisis

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is exerting more pressure on the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to deal with the current Zimbabwean situation which they said is a threat to peace and security in the region.

The MDC is on record pointing fingers at the ruling party, ZANU PF for running down the country due to corruption and misrule.

According to MDC Secretary for International relations Gladys Hlatywayo, the resolution of the current Zimbabwean crisis has become urgent and that the SADC Organ on politics should step in to avert further deterioration.

“The MDC urges the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security to take note of the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe is a threat to peace and security in the region and  should take proactive steps to avert further deterioration and catastrophe.

“The resolution of the Zimbabwean crisis has become urgent in the context of an economic meltdown, rising citizen discontent and lack of elite cohesion within Zanu PF,” said Hlatywayo.

She further noted that Zimbabwe remains trapped in a multi-layered structural crisis, listing a series of horrific events which have befallen the country. 
“The change of guard in November 2017 presented a window of opportunity for Zimbabwe to begin rebuilding following decades of economic meltdown, political instability and international isolation. Sadly, the opportunity has been squandered and Zimbabwe has further regressed politically, economically and socially. The military coup of November 2017 undoubtedly raised legitimacy questions that Zimbabweans and the international community had hoped would be cured by a free and fair election.
“Nevertheless, the July 2018 elections further entrenched the legitimacy crisis through a fundamentally flawed electoral process that did not guarantee the will of the people. The 2018 plebiscite did not conform to the provisions of the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections and the African Union (AU) Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections,” she noted.
She also said that the 2018 electoral process was marred by irregularities including a highly partisan and captured Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), lack of transparency in the electoral process including on the printing and storage of ballot papers and stakeholder engagement by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission which she said was poor.
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