August 02, 2008, 08:15
Zimbabwean nationals in Botswana have appealed to the Southern African region to make it possible for them to return home. They held a march in the Botswana capital, Gaborone, yesterday, to call for a transitional authority rather than a power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe. Botswana does not recognise Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe and wants the country to be suspended from all SADC meetings. “Zimbabwe is burning, bleeding, is on fire,” says a representative of the Global Zimbabwe Forum, Simbarashe Chirimubwe. He adds: “ We are saying please help Zimbabweans. We are also suffering because we are coming into other people’s countries”. Chirimubwe says the number of Zimbabweans living in Botswana has increased to more than is permitted by that government. He’s appealed for Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) intervention. “SADC please, we need to go back home.”
Article printout courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.