A full SADC summit which ended in the Angolan capital Luanda on Friday evening commended President Jacob Zuma the SADC troika chairperson and Zimbabwe political dialogue for the role that he is playing and urged him to work with Zimbabwe political parties to ensure that the necessary Global Political Agreement (GPA) reforms are in place before an election can be held.
“On Zimbabwe, summit commended stakeholders for their commitment, cooperation and efforts towards the implementation of GPA and urged parties to GPA to finalise constitution making process and subject it to referendum thereafter.
“ Summit also urged the parties to the GPA assisted by his Excellency Jacob G Zuma president of South Africa and SADC facilitator of the Zimbabwe political dialogue to develop an implementation mechanism and to set out timeframes for the full implementation of the roadmap to elections,” read part of the communiqué issued at the end of the summit.
The decision of the regional body pushes President Robert Mugabe into a corner with his plan for an early election slowly crumbling under the watch of SADC.
Mugabe and his delegation immediately left Angola after the end of the summit.
Apart from Zimbabwe the two day extraordinary summit discussed the situation in the DRC and Madagascar.
Madagascar remains on suspension from the regional organisation on account of a coup d’état that disrupted Constitutional order there while the DRC continues to face political instability in the east of the country.
The president of Angola, Jose Eduardo dos Santos who is also the regional body’s chairperson urged regional countries to continue supporting the efforts of the government of DRC in searching for a lasting political solution to the internal crisis.
He said the political situation in the region “deserves our attention and constant monitoring” and congratulated the government and people of Lesotho for the peaceful conduct of recent parliamentary elections and welcomed the efforts to restore constitutional normalcy in Madagascar.
He further urged the parties in Swaziland to seek a peaceful solution to the problems facing the country and congratulated Joyce Banda for having assumed the functions of President of the Republic of Malawi and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, for its work in facilitating political dialogue in Zimbabwe.