by Staff Reporter
Harare-Botswana President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama once again clashed with President Robert Mugabe in a closed door extra-ordinary Sadc summit meeting in Harare on Wednesday, Zimbabwenewslive can exclusively reveal.
Inside sources said Khama sided with the South African president Jacob Zuma over the need to have a continental solution to xenophobia which haunted foreigners in South Africa in the past two weeks.
“Zuma presented a report on how his country is trying to find measures to curb xenophobia and he also challenged the leaders in the meeting to play a role instead of just criticising South Africa,” the source said.
“Zuma wants African leaders to also take the blame and ask themselves why their people are flocking to South Africa.”
It was during this discussion that Khama also supported Zuma thereby clashing with Mugabe who was accusing Zuma of letting don fellow Africans.
“Khama urged the African leaders to sort their economies so that their people remain in their countries,” the source said.
This is not the first time that Khama has clashed with Mugabe.
Soon after the controversial 2013 general elections, Khama called for an audit of the polls as he cited a lot of irregularities.
Khama called for an independent audit of the harmonised election results and pushed for the country to be placed on the agenda of the Sadc summit in Malawi.
In a statement, the Botswana government said while much of the polling was peaceful and free, it was not fair, a basis on which elections could be classified as credible.
“. . . there is need for an independent audit of the just-concluded electoral process in Zimbabwe. Such an audit will shed light on the conduct of the just-ended election and indicate any shortcomings and irregularities that could have affected its result, as well as the way forward,” part of the statement read.
Botswana, which sent an 80-member observer team led by the country’s former Vice-President Lieutenant General Mompati Merafhe, cited numerous incidents that discredited the polls.