Botswana President Masisi’s call for anti-Zim sanctions draws fire to his home; “It’s like saying that Idi Amin was an honorable man” – says the opposition


By Alois Vinga


The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has raised concerns over President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s call for Western countries to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe, calling the comments irresponsible.

Masisi made the remarks in his keynote speech at the official opening of the recent Zimbabwe Agricultural Show earlier this month.

The call reportedly rocked political parties in the neighboring country, with the BCP demanding that Masisi swallow his words.

Botswana continues to call for the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe… We have just come out of our elective congress, and Zanu PF was very well represented…. The two ruling parties have relations, we are friends,” Masisi said in his address.

But, PCO Information and Publicity Secretary Mpho Pheko questioned the justification for the remarks during a state visit, arguing the call was a violation of foreign practices in conduct. international relations, especially those of a sovereign nation.

The party said Masisi’s attempt to absolve Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of responsibility for the Zimbabwean crisis was not only an “affront and insult to the suffering people of Zimbabwe”, but also an attempt to “revise history in the most deceptive way”. .”

“It amounts to convincing us that Idi Amin was an honorable man. The fact is that the sanctions only target named individuals in Zimbabwe, who are key members of the Mugabe regime, including Mnangagwa.

“How this affects Zimbabwe’s economy remains to be explained. President Masisi needs to confide in Botswana before telling the world that he speaks on their behalf,” Pheko said.

The party has called on the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) to introduce the necessary reforms to allow genuine democracy to flourish while criticizing the crackdown on political opponents and the intimidation of those who challenge the Zanu PF regime.

The BCP urged the two leaders to provide economic relief to Zimbabweans to reduce economic migrants in other countries and to end the repressive actions against the citizens of Zimbabwe, whose only crime is to offer alternative voices and d express their democratic rights.

The leaders of the two countries were also urged to find a solution to the continuing cases of cattle rustling between the two nations and to deliberate on democratic reforms which, among other things, would allow Zimbabweans in the diaspora to participate in their country’s electoral processes. , without having to cross borders.

“Blaming the blame on targeted sanctions, without resolving the above points, is not in the interest of an ordinary Zimbabwean,” Pheko added.

“Having noted the decline of democracy and disregard for the rule of law in Botswana under the BDP government, the BCP hopes that the burgeoning friendship between the BDP and Zanu PF will not further undermine democracy in both countries. .”

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