Namibain Consulates pre-petition Notice Text


Essential Principles

"Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. . . . The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures."

Article 21, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948


Since Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob, is the current Chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), we are respectfully writing to you to seek your valued influence within SADC.

We are appealing to His Excellency the President, to cast his attention towards Zimbabwe’s worsening democratic performance.

As their 2023 General Elections gets closer, the current regime seems more inclined to ‘suspend’ democracy, the rule of law and their Constitution. Their 2018 election left many questions unanswered.

As you are aware SADC’s ethos in this respect is to uphold free and fair elections within all member States.

External criticism of Zimbabwe’s human rights by Amnesty International in their 2021 assessment points to a further deteriorating Human Rights situation.

To this end we are seeking permission to hand over a written petition to your Consulate on the afternoon of the 20th July 2022. A purely ceremonial affair without any obligation upon yourself to meet with our delegation.

We seek your esteemed influence in the above matter.

We remain respectfully yours,

  • My Right 2 Vote:                                                                   Chief Inkhosi Nhlanhlayamangwe Ndiweni; Founder
  • Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe (ROHR):                Mr P A Karimanzira; Spokesperson
  • Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation:                               M J C Burke; Founder