Mugabe To Push For Fresh Elections At SADC Summit
Zanu (PF) will push the issue of Zimbabwe’s fresh
elections at the extra-ordinary Southern African Development Community
(SADC) to be held in Angola, sources said on Thursday.
The three principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) are expected to
attend the summit.
President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime
Minister Arthur Mutambara, were summoned by SADC to attend a meeting of the
Organ on Politics, Defence and Security that will discuss regional troubled
spots, particularly Zimbabwe, Mauritius and the Democratic Republic of the
Mugabe is accompanied by Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, Justice and
Legal Affairs minister Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche while PM
Tsvangirai’s delegation includes Finance minister Tendai Biti, Energy
Minister Elton Mangoma as well as Jameson Timba, the minister of state in
the PM Office. The two leaders travelled separately and arrived in Angola on
Welshman Ncube, the leader of the other faction of the Movement for
Democratic Change, is also expected at the meeting, which sources said would
have a bearing on when Zimbabwe would have its next polls. Ncube’s team
included party secretary general Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga.
The Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, known as the Troika, would be
held on the sidelines of the regional grouping’s summit to discuss Regional
Indicative Strategic Development Plan which seeks to enhance cooperation
between member states.
But in briefings as the three principals made their way to the Angolan
capital, SADC and African Union (AU) diplomats accredited in Harare, said
fireworks were expected at the SADC summit.
They said the Troika meeting was likely to eclipse the meeting of heads of
state and government who will largely be engrossed with the Regional
Indicative Strategic Development Plan put on the table.
“That’s where the meat is (in the Troika). SADC leaders want a full
appraisal of what has been occurring since conflicting reports are emerging
from envoys dispatched from Harare to SADC capitals,” said an African
diplomat, speaking strictly on condition of confidentiality.”
Both President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai have sent various envoys
to a number of countries, targeting specifically members of the Troika,
which is chaired by South African President Jacob Zuma, the SADC-appointed
mediator in the Zimbabwe crisis.
Apart from South Africa, other members of the Troika are Mozambique, Angola
President Mugabe is understood to have dispatched his envoys to these
countries with specific briefs to push for polls this year while those sent
by Prime Minister Tsvangirai had orders to debunk calls for fresh polls this
year while there were still outstanding issues under the GPA.
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