Botswana President Seretse Khama Ian Khama appealed to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in an open letter to do the honourable thing by voluntarily relinquishing power.
The text of Khama’s letter:
Mr President, I am writing to appeal to you to be sensitive to the
wishes of the people of Zimbabwe and to do the honourable thing by
voluntarily relinquishing power as the President of Zimbabwe.My appeal
is necessitated by an unprecedented situation currently unfolding in
Zimbabwe whereby your own party, ZANU-PF, is calling for your
immediate resignation and is in the process of instituting
impeachment.The people of Zimbabwe have for a long time been subjected
to untold suffering as a result of poor governance under your leadership.
It is, therefore, my conviction that by vacating the Presidency, this
will usher in a new political dispensation that will pave the way for
the much needed socio-economic recovery in Zimbabwe.
I, therefore, reiterate my appeal to you to honourably step aside, if
you really care for them, as you profess, and if you cannot find it in
you to do so, then as a Christian do so in the spirit of our Lord in
order to usher in a new period going forward of unity, peace and
prosperity for Zimbabweans and allow your country to be the economic
powerhouse it is capable of being.Yours sincerely, [Signed]Lieutenant
General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama