President Banda says SADC should learn from upheavals in North Africa

President of Zambia Rupiah Banda says African governments in Sub-Sahara should learn from the upheavals in North Africa.
President Banda made the remarks in Zambia Thursday when he opened the Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting on the political situation in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
President Banda said governments in the region should not take citizens’ expectations for granted.
“If there is anything that we must learn from the upheavals in the northern part of our continent, it is that the legitimate expectations of the citizens cannot be taken for granted’, president Banda told the SADC troika meeting attended by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
The regional bloc’s security organ, the Troika, is meeting in Zambia from Thursday and the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe is on the agenda of the talks. The heads of state Summit is being chaired by Zambian President Rupiah Banda, and attended by South African President Jacob Zuma and his Mozambican counterpart President Armando Guebuza.
Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba who is the current chairperson of SADC is also in attendance.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is expected to ask SADC through this meeting to stop what he says is a crackdown of opponents by President Robert Mugabe ahead of expected polls.
Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party of stepping up a campaign of violence and intimidation against his supporters, including a wave of arrests of top party officials, activists and journalists.

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