Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Zim: Botswana steps up

Once again it is Botswana, one of the few shining lights on the African continent that steps up and offers to help Tsvangirai and the MDC. Shame on South Africa and the ANC. We've long ago lost the moral high ground choosing instead to pally with dictators and aiding in the destruction of a once prosperous neighbour.

There is no solution to this mess without physically removing Mad Bob and his cohorts so all these talks about talks while the Zim people starve and die needlessly from disease will achieve nothing.

Botswana has the right idea. Let the MDC set up camp in Botswana and operate as a government in exile. That's the end of it.

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Botswana's foreign minister suggested in an interview today that his country would be prepared to allow Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to operate there as leader in exile.

Foreign Minister Phandu Skelemani also told BBC World News that regional powers must admit they had failed to resolve the deadlock between Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe and should now bring economic pressure to bear.

Asked whether Botswana would offer Tsvangirai a safe haven if power-sharing talks collapse, Skelemani said: "Anybody who comes to Botswana saying that they fear for their life, from their own country, we will not chase them away."

Pressed about what Botswana would allow Tsvangirai to do from its soil, the minister said he would not be permitted to launch a military attack on Zimbabwe from there, but could possibly lead a democratic resistance movement.

"That would be the lesser of the two evils, which is probably, taking up arms and getting innocent people killed," Skelemani said.

Botswana's President Ian Khama is one of the few African leaders to openly criticise Mugabe, saying his re-election in June was not legitimate.

The foreign minister also said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc must admit that its mediation efforts have failed.

"The international community, SADC first of all, must now own up that they have failed — which we have said, that we as SADC have failed. The rest of us should now own up and say yes, we have failed," Skelemani told the BBC.

After that, it should "call upon the international community and tell Mugabe to his face, look, now you are on your own, we are switching off, we are closing your borders, and I don't think he would last," he said. "If no petrol went in for a week, he can't last."

1 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

"Anybody who comes to Botswana saying that they fear for their life, from their own country, we will not chase them away."

LET'S DO IT!
1 million Boere "flee" to Botswana, then we'll see if they really mean it. Only thing is, with us Boere in the majority we would have to call it "Boerana" which the English Rothschilds would NEVER allow! Just in case we made them pay taxes for mining the Kalahari!

What a farce Western Politics is.
No wonder they don't have the moral high ground against guys like Mugabe.