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Botswana Opposition Criticises Masisi For "Attempting To Absolve Mnangagwa, ZANU PF From Zim Crisis

Botswana Opposition Criticises Masisi For

Botswana Congress Party has issued a statement criticising president Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi for “attempting” to absolve President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU PF from the Zimbabwean crisis. Masisi was in Zimbabwe where he attributed the neighbouring country’s problems to sanctions imposed by the West at the turn of the millennium following the Fast Track Land Reform Programme during which gross human rights violations were recorded. Masisi called for the unconditional removal of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. In a letter seen by Pindula News, Botswana’s Opposition Party also told Masisi that he was in Zimbabwe for a State Visit, not for party business. Reads the letter

3rd September 2022 President Masisi’s concerning State Visit to Zimbabwe

1. The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is concerned by the insidious comments made by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during his recent State Visit to Zimbabwe. Our indignation is resultant from President Masisi’s irresponsible commentary which utterly disregards the prevailing political and economic situation engulfing our neighbors.

2. The following are his words, captured verbatim: “Botswana continues to call for the removal of sanctions against Zimbabwe…. We Just came from our elective congress, and ZANU PF was represented very well…. The two ruling parties have relations, we are friends.

3. President Masisi’s visit to Zimbabwe was a State visit, the BCP is therefore surprised at the partisan nature of his welcome, which is a foreign practice in the conduct of international relations, especially those of a sovereign nation.

4. President Masisi’s attempt to absolve ZANU PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the Zimbabwean crisis is not only an affront and insult to the suffering people of Zimbabwe, but it is also on attempt to revise history in the most deceptive way. It is similar to convincing us that Idi Amin was an honorable man.

5. The fact is, the sanctions are only targeted at designated people in Zimbabwe, who are key members of the Mugabe regime, including Mnangagwa. How this affects the economy of Zimbabwe is yet to be explained. President Masisi must confide in Batswana before he tells the world that he speaks on their behalf. 6. We call upon the Government of Zimbabwe to introduce the necessary reforms that will allow for true democracy to thrive. Repression of political opponents and intimidation of those that challenge the ZANU PF regime should be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

7. Instead of focusing on President Mnangagwa’s personal problem of sanctions, we pray the two must:

i. Provide economic reliefs to Zimbabweans at home to scale down economic migrants in other countries.

ii. Stop repressive actions against citizens of Zimbabwe whose only crime is to offer alternative voice and express their democratic rights.

iii. Provide a solution to the continuing cases of cattle rustling between the two countries.

iv. Deliberate on democratic reforms that among others, would allow Zimbabweans in diaspora to participate in their country’s electoral processes, without having to cross borders.

8. The BCP believes that Zimbabwe can be better, and while the economic situation in Zimbabwe has a trickle-down effect down south, blaming targeted sanctions, without resolving the above points, is not in the interest of an ordinary Zimbabwean.

9. Having noticed decline of democracy and the disregard of the rule of law in Botswana under the BDP government, the BCP hopes that the budding friendship between BDP and ZANU PF will not further undermine democracy in the two countries.

Yours Comradely,

Mpho M. Pheko

BCP Information and Publicity Secretary

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20 Comments

okorongo 3 weeks ago

thank u the Botswana opposition party for shedding light to the world


Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

@okorongo usabatwe brain neopposition iyi irikutongocampaigner zvayo. Vakuda kungonzi vaopposer ruling party but Masisi akataura chokwadi kuti masanctions akukuvadza Zimbabwe and in turn Botswana ikukuvarawo nekuti immigration necattle rustling zvawedzera nekuda kwekuti Zim economy yakuvara

Tozivepiko 3 weeks ago

Murikukuvadza nyika just like you always say "Nyika inourawa nevene vayo" Chiadzwa dororo 15bn down the drain. When Mugabe publicly commented on this you deposed him with the help of the corrupt army.

pk 3 weeks ago

pasi nayo opposition party isina gwara. hatitaure zvakunoda. zivai kuti tiri kutonga

,,,, dott 3 weeks ago

These opposition political parties are a nuisance


Native 3 weeks ago

Thank you opposition for setting the record straight....


Dofo 3 weeks ago

, Nhaiwe @pk, unoti tiri kutonga tiri kutonga, uri kutongei pawakati mhaaa ipapo? Hautonge Botswana


Tintin 3 weeks ago

@pk you are childish.

pk 3 weeks ago

malevel mkoma. bato rinotonga zim nerinotonga botswana zvakasangana. maopposition makurwadziwa.

uye pandakati mhaaaa pamusoro pako. farira kumharwa

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 3 weeks ago

It is true that ZANU PF must not be absolved from all problems engulfing this nation of Zimbabwe.

It is not true that Zimbabwe is in this state of economic affairs as a result of sanctions. Zimbabwe is in this condition because Zimbabweans have become corrupt. ZANU PF government has become so corrupt that it has become uncontrollable. This country is being corruptly and undemocratically governed.

[PROPOPULO [FOR THE PEOPLE], PROPATRIA [FOR THE COUNTRY], PROLEGE [FOR THE LAW].

[ VOTE CCC POLITICAL PARTY FOR REAL CHANGE].

Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

Ichokwadi kuti corruption yauraya nyika but hazvireve kuti masanctions haana kuurayawo nyika. Both sanctions and corruption are bad for the economy

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,,, dott 3 weeks ago

Povho yaramba ne sadc yaramba masanction,, akaiswa nenyika dzekumadokero but nekuda kwaMwari ,, E. D WIL DELIVER US 2 ZIMBABWE WE WANT


MuSabatha(SDA) 3 weeks ago

Shame on you..

Maparamuro 3 weeks ago

If a gvt or people in gvt are sanctioned it follows that the people they represent and the country are also sanctioned, no rocket science required there. Reasons for sanctions are well known, they have nothing to do with democracy, it's all about making the country fail so that no other developing country can claim land from white minority for redistribution to the poor majority. Even Chamisa as leader of the oppressed opposition is 100% in support of the land reform and has also called for the removal of sanctions.
Idhi and zanu PF are oppressing the people of Zimbabwe and its good for our neighbours to call him to order but it's so wrong for our good neighbors to deny that Zimbabwe is under sanctions.
Masisi called from removal of sanctions which everyone should do while at the same time calling for Idhi to give the people of Zimbabwe their freedom. The freedom is being denied by both the western countries that imposed sanctions and by Zanupf. Don't bid for any side.
Botswana opposition can call Idhi to order and also call for lifting of sanctions because they both affect Zimbabweans


Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

@Maparamuro well said, no one could have said it better than you did👏

Cde hondo 3 weeks ago

Wake up call on zanu... Sanctions narrative nolonger working


aratijiyesi 3 weeks ago

Acharamba ari opposition kusvika hameno kkkkkkk


cde chidodo 3 weeks ago

Look West policy is the panacea to all Zims problems kwete nhema dzekuti ma China idzi. 15 billion yakabiwa nema sanctions here? nemamwe mazi million arikurova munyika muno Ari kubiwa nema sanctions here? stop this nonsensical utterances about sanctions you Masisi and the toothless SADC leaders


evil conspiracy 3 weeks ago

using sanctions as a cover up for the gross misgovernance and corruption rampart with this zanu pf establishment .hapana chisingapere ,zvichapera chete



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