The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia has spoken out on the current political situation in the neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, MP and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MIRCO, said the Government of Namibia has been following the unfolding developments in Zimbabwe with concern, and associates itself with the Statement issued on behalf of SADC.
“As neighbours, Member States of SADC and AU, Namibia and Zimbabwe share a common destiny and common aspirations for peace, economic prosperity and democracy for our countries and people,” Nandi said.
She noted that Namibia is concerned that the present situation in Zimbabwe creates uncertainty that is not conducive to peace, stability and consolidation of democracy in Zimbabwe and the region as a whole.
“Namibia notes that the Zimbabwe Defence Force has assured the Zimbabwe public and the international community at large that they have not overthrown the Government of Zimbabwe and that they have no intention to take over the governance of the country.”
She adds: “Namibia further notes that the situation in the country remains relatively calm.”
Nandi said it is the expectation of the Government of Namibia that democratic institutions in Zimbabwe will continue to carry out their constitutional functions.
“Namibia urges all the parties concerned to scrupulously adhere to the relevant provisions of the SADC Treaty on Governance and the African Union Constitutive Act.”
She said Namibia will continue to follow closely the situation in Zimbabwe.
Nothing on Grace
Namibia’s New Era Newspaper earlier quoted Nandi as having reportedly said Grace Mugabe was not in Namibia.
However, in her official statement, Nandi doesn’t not dispute or confirm reports that Grace who was granted a safe passage, sought refugee in Namibia.
Mugabe apparently negotiated with the army chief Constantino Chiwenga to let Grace leave Harare while himself stayed under house arrest in the capital.
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari also called for calm as the situation returns to normalcy.