Botswana condemns Zimbabwe reports

According to a news release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Botswana is deeply disturbed by reports of farm invasions that continue with impunity.

The release calls upon the government of Zimbabwe, specifically, ZANU (PF) to ensure that law enforcement agencies protect the rights of citizens and uphold law and order.

Furthermore, it says these incidents are unfortunate and deeply regrettable and that they must come to an end.

Should they continue, it says the GPA will lose credibility both inside and outside Zimbabwe.

In addition, it says SADC has been involved in appealing to the international community to extend economic, financial and technical assistance to Zimbabwe, adding that it would be difficult for SADC member states to continue to engage the international community if the GPA is not implemented in good faith.

Botswana therefore, calls upon all those involved in frustrating the process, in particular ZANU (PF), to bring an end to the culture of impunity so that those who imposed economic sanctions on Zimbabwe could consider lifting them.

The release further says Botswana is convinced that the solution to Zimbabwes challenges can only be better addressed when all parties to the GPA set aside narrow personal and partisan interests. Instead, they must work together in an honest and transparent manner in the interest of the country as a whole.

On other issues, it says Botswana deeply regrets that Mr Roy Bennett candidate for the post of assistant agriculture minister has not been sworn in, eight months after his party presented him as its candidate for ministerial appointment.

We call upon those preventing him to from assuming his position to desist from doing so in the interest of building greater confidence, trust and mutual respect amongst the parties to the GPA, says the release. BOPA