Zimbabwe: An opportunity for fundamental change

15-Nov-2017 @ 12:00

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Zimbabwe: An opportunity for fundamental change

Friends of Zimbabwe are closely watching the surprising turn of events in Zimbabwe.

Currently forces backing Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former Vice President who recently left the country for South Africa and is now back, are negotiating with Mugabe over the possibility of Grace Mugabe leaving the country.

The immediate future of Mugabe himself is still not clear, as the precise allegiances of all military units and the intelligence services remain uncertain.

British Conservative MEP, Geoffrey Van Orden, who chairs the European Parliament’s informal Friends of Zimbabwe group, commented: “For decades now we have been struggling to support democratic change in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has such enormous potential and yet the lives of its people have been blighted for decades by a corrupt leadership. Every political development has seen hopes raised and then dashed.

“In spite of the background of those that have seized power at the moment, they do have an opportunity now to introduce fundamental democratic change. But we do not hold our breath.

“Elections are again on the horizon - due next August. There was little confidence that the necessary arrangements to guarantee democracy would be put in place. Now there is a real opportunity if Zimbabwe’s politicians rise to the occasion.

“I would like to see the international community, including the southern African nations, offering their assistance to help the process of change in the right directions.”

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