SADC executive secretary Tomaz Salomão has said the regional bloc expects a report on the Zimbabwe constitution deadlock to be tabled by its facilitator South African President Jacob Zuma ahead of a special summit set for next month.
Report by Wongai Zhangazha
The Sadc troika resolved to take a proactive approach to the deadlock on the implementation of a number of outstanding Global Political Agreement (GPA) issues with the current constitution-making process topping its priorities.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the Sadc Troika chairperson on politics, Defence and Security, recently told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the special summit would be held from October 7-8, but he did not disclose which country would host the indaba. Usually the country chairing the troika hosts its meetings.
A Sadc troika communiqué released last week showed that the troika met on September 4 with the presidents of Mozambique (Armando Guebuza), Namibia (Hifikepunye Pohamba), DRC (Joseph Kabila) and Tanzania (Kikwete) in attendance to discuss the politically volatile security situation in the DRC.
“The organ troika summit undertook to remain seized with the developments in the eastern DRC and agreed to convene again soon to deliberate on the developments in Madagascar and Zimbabwe,” reads the communiqué.
However, when contacted for comment by the Zimbabwe Independent, Salomão could neither confirm nor deny that the summit would take place next month, but confirmed Sadc wanted a comprehensive report on the Zimbabwe situation from Zuma.
“Sadc expects a report from the facilitator (Zuma) on Zimbabwe and I don’t need to discuss now what is expected,” said Salomão.
“The issues will be made public once we get the report. When the chairman (Kikwete) communicates about the summit it shall be announced publicly.”
Completion of a new constitution is one of Sadc’s requirements for Zimbabwe to hold free and fair elections, but the process has run into a deadlock after Zanu PF released a list of 266 amendments it wants incorporated into the Copac draft before it’s taken to a Second All-Stakeholders Conference later this year. The Zanu PF politburo met on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
The two MDC formations have endorsed the Copac draft in its entirety and has rejected Zanu PF’s moves to smuggle in new amendments saying the party was represented at all levels of the process.
Zuma’s facilitation team met the GPA negotiators last month in a bid to break the impasse.