SADC heads meet in Tanzania over Zim crisis

source: BOPA
29 March, 2007

GABORONE – As Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders, among them Acting President Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, gather in Tanzania today, many are hoping for a solution to the worsening political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.

Politicians across the party divide believe the meeting in Dar-es-Salaam, provides an opportunity for leaders to help their ailing neighbour, Zimbabwe, out of turmoil.

Zimbabwe has for some time now been the focus of international attention following what many see as a repressive response to dissenting voices.

The highlight was the recent beating of opposition leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangarai, allegedly at the hands of the state police.

Pictures of his badly battered body appeared in newspapers and were beamed in television screens drawing world wide condemnation.

The silent diplomacy adopted by the region was now being questioned more than ever. As pressure mounted on Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of the region, Zambias President Levy Mwanawasa broke ranks. He spoke openly about the need for intervention and likened the country to a sinking Titanic.

Thus political observers expect the leaders to read the riot act to President Robert Mugabe and impress upon him the need for warring parties to come to a negotiating table.

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