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Zim dominates Sadc summit

Elias Mambo

ZIMBABWE’S political stalemate and the dispute over the draft constitution are expected to take centre stage at the Sadc summit in Maputo, Mozambique, on Friday.

The Sadc troika was expected to meet last night to receive a report on Zimbabwe after the facilitator and chair, South African President Jacob Zuma visited Harare on Wednesday.
The regional grouping is expected to push for a resolution to the stalemate on the draft ahead of the stakeholders’ conference, referendum and elections.

Speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent Douglas Mwonzora said Sadc leaders were going to insist on their recent Luanda resolutions.
“Zimbabwe was given tasks and the completion of the draft constitution which will pave way for a referendum and fresh elections was top on the list, but Zanu PF is dragging its feet over the issue,” said Mwonzora.

“We expect Sadc to lean heavily on President Robert Mugabe on this issue so that we can make progress.”
Zanu PF’s decision-making politburo on Thursday finalised consolidating its document on proposed amendments to the draft and came up with its own document to be submitted to Sadc leaders for consideration.

MDC secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said Sadc has to pressure Mugabe so that all outstanding issues in the GPA are implemented. “Sadc has to help us tackle these issues so as to avoid chaos in the country. Our position remains the same: the summit must be firm on Zimbabwe so that a referendum on the draft constitution is held as soon as possible,” she said.

However, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said his party was happy with the progress of reforms, noting Sadc should not be pressured by the MDC formations to accept their demands.

“Zimbabwean issues will be tabled at the summit but as a party we are happy Sadc facilitator, Zuma was impressed by the progress we have made so far and there is no way the MDC parties can claim there is no progress,” Gumbo said.



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