Elders urge SADC leaders to support smooth transition in Zimbabwe

The Elders have called on the heads of state of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to consider how they can support a successful and inclusive transition in Zimbabwe that will return stability and growth to the country.

Source: Elders urge SADC leaders to support smooth transition in Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwean 24.08.2016

Writing to SADC member states ahead of the regional group’s summit in Swaziland later this month, The Elders noted that Zimbabwe is “on the verge of an important transition” which, if handled well, could lead to a peaceful and democratic change of leadership and a renewed focus on social and economic development.

The letter was co-signed by Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Chair, who is now an Honorary Elder, and Graça Machel, the co-founder of The Elders with her late husband, Nelson Mandela.

“We firmly believe that a successful transition is vital not only for Zimbabwe but also for the region […] we are also convinced that, if the transition process is to succeed, it must be inclusive, transparent and framed in the national interest,” the three Elders wrote. The Elders believe the upcoming summit is an important opportunity to reflect on how best SADC can help Zimbabwe manage the complex challenges ahead.

Note: The 36th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit starts in the Kingdom of Swaziland this weekend.


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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    The Elders must demand there must be a smooth transition of power in our country. If not the region will suffer in the long run.

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    Vakuru Zororayi 6 years ago

    SADC must come of age and be seen to be now mature enough in dealing with their member states amicably without favour or fear. Surely indeed Mugabe needs a rest and that is now not later whatever his reasoning PLIZ!!!!!!!!!