Monday, May 11, 2009

Watch out, Botswana tells Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe  Photo/REUTERS

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe. Photo/REUTERS 

By WENE OWINO, NATION Correspondent

GABORONE, Monday

Botswana has warned that the international community might withdraw pledges to help the reconstruction of Zimbabwe if President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF do not stop violating the power sharing agreement.

Through a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Botswana blamed Zanu-PF for the woes afflicting the power-sharing agreement signed last September.

The statement said that the recent failure to release human rights activists does not augur well for Zimbabwe.

Invasion of farms

Botswana also expressed concern about the delay in making key appointments in the coalition government.

The statement condemned what Botswana termed illegal invasion of farms, which are still going on despite the formation of the coalition government.

Botswana said the invasions by Zanu-PF loyalists and operatives undermine the power-sharing agreement. 
 Botswana has been one of the most vocal critics of President Mugabe and Zanu-PF in Africa.

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