SOUTHERN Africa’s regional bloc has accused Non Governmental Organisation’s (NGO’s) funded by ‘external forces’ for frustrating Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s economic turnaround efforts to stabilise the troubled country.
Mnangagwa has been on the international spotlight after security forces killed over a dozen civilians during nationwide protests over a steep fuel price increase.
“The Southern African Development (SADC) Heads of State and Government noted that since coming to power, the new Government of Zimbabwe has continued with concerted efforts to address the socio-economic challenges…and to consolidate peace and unity in the country..
“This, notwithstanding some internal groups, in particular NGO’s), supported by external forces have continued with efforts to destabilise the country,” said SADC chairperson and Nambian President Hage Geingob in a statement on the political and economic situation in Zimbabwe.
“The SADC Heads of State and Government further noted the Government’s efforts to transform the economy and bring about prosperity to the prosperity of Zimbabwe are negatively affected by the illegal sanctions since the early 2000.”
Mnangagwa has attracted international condemnation after deploying the army to put down the fuel price hike protests.
Security forces face charges of ochestrating a brutal clampdown on alleged protesters and organisers of the protests including claims of sexual abuse.
Geingob however appeared to blame the “protesters” to destabilise the southern African country.
“Unfortnately, the violent demonstrators rode on the back of increases in fuel prices to implement their intention to destabilise the country,” he said.