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Local NGO raises red flag over Zim situation

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Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition has written a letter to Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, currently Sadc chair, about the deteriorating political and security situation, socio-economic conditions and livelihoods and shrinking democratic space in the country ahead of by-elections. 

In a letter to Chakwera, copied to DRC President Felix Tshisekedi, currently Sadc vice-chair, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, also troika organ chair, Crisis chairperson Peter Mutasa says regional leaders should intervene to stop the worsening Zimbabwean situation.

Peter Mutasa

Mutasa says Sadc must send a fact-finding mission to investigate political violence and assess conditions for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe ahead of the by-elections on 26 March. 

He says Sadc should look at electoral reforms, focusing on the voters’ roll, Zec and fraud.

“Sadc should issue a statement in light of the deteriorating peace and human security situation in Zimbabwe,” Mutasa says.

“The Sadc community, in line with its objective of ensuring a democratic and economically developed region, should institute discussions on the situation in Zimbabwe, and develop a political and economic rescue package that is predicated on broad-based governance reforms.”—Staff Writer

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