SADC GPA Monitoring Team Ready For Deployment

An urgent Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit held in Pretoria South Africa in June recommended that a three member team must be deployed in Zimbabwe to help JOMIC effectively monitor the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

This followed concerns that JOMIC was failing to deal with violations of the GPA mainly by Zanu (PF) activists who continue to engage in politically motivated violence.

Zuma’s facilitation team was in Harare for a routine monthly meeting with JOMIC where they made the announcement about the SADC team.

“It was a routine meeting but the significant thing that was said by the facilitation team is that the SADC team is now ready for deployment after their terms of reference were drafted,” said a JOMIC official.

“The facilitation team said the issue will now be discussed at the SADC summit and hopefully the deployment will follow soon after the summit.”

The SADC Heads of State and government summit will be held in Luanda, Angola on August 17 -18.

Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Swaziland and the Democratic Republic of Congo will once again be top of the agenda. The JOMIC official revealed that the SADC team will be drawn from Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.

Their deployment is likely to put pressure on Zanu PF to comply with the power sharing agreement as the interparty committee is empowered to investigate incidents of political violence on the ground.

JOMIC is currently dealing with the displacement of MDC-T supporters in Chimanimani after they were attacked by Zanu PF supporters, violence in urban areas such as Mbare in Harare and the invasion of commercial farms.

Zanu (PF) hardliners such as Jonathan Moyo tried to stop the deployment of the SADC team saying it would amount to interference in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.

Meanwhile Zuma’s facilitation team also met civil society, which tabled its position on the elections roadmap ahead of the SADC summit.

“During the meeting the facilitation team was handed a critique of the Electoral Amendment Bill , civil society proposed roadmap to the holding of elections in Zimbabwe, Women’s Coalition’s roadmap and a report on security sector reform entitled, “The Military Factor in Zimbabwe’s Political and Electoral Reforms,” Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe said in a statement after the meeting.

Civil society said at the SADC summit it will raise issues of political violence against women, the selective application of the law, the meddling by security forces in politics, deployment of soldiers to campaign for Zanu PF, the staffing of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and the lack of an environment conducive for free and fair elections.