BOTSWANA -- Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) deployed a seven member delegation to Gaborone, Botswana from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 July 2014 which engaged civil society, government officials, development partners and solidarity partners, and updated them on the state of affairs in Zimbabwe post July 31 poll and ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit to be held in Zimbabwe in August 2014.
The delegation was comprised of Joy Mabenge (CiZC Acting Head of Secretariat), Memory Kadau (CiZC Advocacy and Networking Officer), Samukheliso Khumalo (CiZC Vice-Chairperson), Thokozile Matshe (CiZC board member), Tabani Moyo (CiZC-Chair Information Committee), Mehluli Dube (CiZC- Chair Arts and Culture) and Lizwe Jamela (CiZC – Human Rights Committee member).
(CiZC Delegation at the SADC Headquarters)
Acting Coordinator of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Joy Mabenge told civil society and development partners that their mission was to appraise the key audience on the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and to extend Zimbabwe’s civil society appreciation to the people and instituions in Botswana for continuing to support the people of Zimbabwe in their struggle for an open and democratic society.
“We are here because we strongly feel that not only the government of Botswana but the people of Botswana have remained resolutely engaged on the Zimbabwean issue and also we don’t want to lose the strong solidarity linkages that we have built and mutually enjoyed over the years,” said Mabenge.
“As much as SADC feel that the Zimbabwean crisis has been resolved we are beginning to see the re-emergence of crisis situation in Zimbabwe.
“The first and apparent one being the economic crisis and it has the capacity to trigger many crises either humanitarian or political”
“We appreciate the voice of the Botswana government in expressing their dissatisfaction with SADC for failing to abide by their own protocols after Zimbabwe’s July 31 2013 election”
“We take this opportunity not only to continue to push for electoral democracy in Zimbabwe but also in the SADC region”
“Therefore our key asks to the key stakeholders here in Botswana is to remain alert and aware of the situation unfolding in Zimbabwe before its spirals out of control,” said Mabenge.
The visiting delegation also managed to meet Zimbabweans staying in Botswana, development partners, African diplomats, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC CNGO).