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Namibia's National Society for Human Rights (NSHR)
March 16, 2007
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We salute the civil society actors who are present and those who
are present here today to protest our Government's disturbing
silence in the face of the growing international consensus that
the human rights, humanitarian and human security situation in Zimbabwe
is totally unacceptable. Our presence here today adds to the other
growing African voices condemning in various ways the current situation
in Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe's dictatorial regime
has come under mounting international condemnation following a barbaric
crackdown on civil and political rights over the last weekend.
At the continental level,
current African Union (AU) Chairperson and Ghanaian President John
Kufuor last Wednesday expressed concern, saying the Zimbabwean situation
is "very embarrassing". In the SADC region the Governments
of South Africa and Zambia have also expressed concern while the
Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday made a one-day unscheduled
official visit to Harare to hold talks with Mugabe on the dangerous
Various African media
power houses in various African countries, such as Uganda, Botswana
and South Africa, have also strongly condemned the Government of
Zimbabwe and President Robert Mugabe personally for the crisis.
We are also happy that Opposition parties in Parliament have spoken
out against the blatant human rights situation in Zimbabwe. As can
be seen and heard through print and electronic media there is also
a growing consensus among individual Namibian citizens who have
also strongly condemned Robert Mugabe and his regime.
On February 27 2007 and
during President Mugabe's visit here our own President, Lucas
Hifikepunye Pohamba, in his official discussions with Mugabe also
urged his embattled Zimbabwean guest to "re-energize efforts
to strengthen democratic governance and the rule of law".
We thank President Pohamba for making this point clear to Mugabe.
We, however, should be
very disturbed by the fact that on March 14 2007 President Pohamba's
own Ministers and Members of Parliament, led by his Foreign Minister
Mr. Marco Hausiku, in a chorus rejected a motion in Parliament to
debate the Zimbabwe situation. This was at least the fourth time
President Pohamba's policy has been defied by his subordinates.
The first time took place when Deputy Lands Minister Isak Katali
on May 22 2006, while, on a state visit in Zimbabwe praised Mugabe's
land reform process, vowing that Mugabe's land policy would
also be implemented in Namibia. However, after President Pohamba's
Administration reiterated on June 26 2006 that Namibia's land
reform policy--of willing seller, willing buyer and expropriation
with just compensation--has not changed a bit, our former President
Dr. Sam Nujoma angrily contradicted the Government's land
reform policy. Speaking at Outapi in Omusati Region on July 1 2006,
Nujoma strongly supported Mugabe. The third time occurred on January
30 2007 when the Oshana Regional Council boycotted a workshop on
Leadership and Change Management organized by the President Pohamba's
Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Nahas Angula's office.
"silence" in the face of the ever-deteriorating Zimbabwean
situation should be understood against the background.
We are nevertheless calling
upon SADC as a region to take the example set by its Members States,
such as Zambia and South Africa, to collectively and publicly reprimand
Mugabe. SADC must also condemn violence and human rights violations
in Zimbabwe by whomsoever the perpetrators might be.
As an example set by
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Rights High Commissioner
Louse Arbour, the UN Security Council must address the situation
in Zimbabwe, a situation which threatens international peace and
We also are
calling upon additional targeted sanctions to be instituted against
the Mugabe regime. The situation in Zimbabwe is reminiscent of what
has been going in South Africa under the apartheid regime. And there
was no question on whether or not to impose comprehensive economic
and other sanctions against the apartheid regime then.
I thank you,
Phil ya Nangoloh
Director of Namibia's National Society for Human Rights (NSHR)
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