“The Government of Zimbabwe is shocked by this uncharacteristic behaviour on the part of (Botswana) President Khama who until last month, was at the helm of SADC, and should know better that you don’t use media platform to criticise fellow SADC leaders as he has just done President Mugabe” said Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr. Chris Mushoshwe, against the sentiments expressed by Botswana Presidents that called for Mugabe to resign read here
Zimbabwe government expressed its dismay over Botswana’s President Ian Khama’s comments that urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down for the sake of Zimbabwe and the South African region.
“We sincerely hope that this will be the last time Botswana’s leader opens his mouth to bad-mouth President Mugabe and fellow African leaders,” Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Chris Mushohwe said in a statement.
Mushohwe said that the Botswana leader should have kept his opinion to himself or expressed through a private diplomatic channel instead of breaking the African etiquette and diplomacy.
“Opportunities for him (President Khama) to discuss matters in private with President Mugabe are there. The two leaders met recently at the African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, SADC summit in Mbabane, Swaziland and last Tuesday sat side by side at the inauguration of Presdient Edgar Lungu in Lusaka, Zambia…. Why should President Mugabe be removed from office unconstitutionally as President Khama’s sentiments seem to suggest?” asked the Zimbabwean Minister
Khama told Reuters this week that Zimbabwe needed a new leadership to deal with a political and economic implosion that has dragged down the whole of southern Africa since 2000. Read here