SADC Will Not Dictate To Us: Mugabe

Mugabe told his central committee meeting on Friday that the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) thinks that regional bodies like the African Union (AU) and SADC will decide what will happen in the country.

“The MDC thinks SADC or the AU can prescribe to us how we run our things. We will not brook any dictation from any source. We are a sovereign country, even our neighbours cannot dictate to us. We will resist that,” Mugabe said.

“The facilitator is the facilitator and must facilitate dialogue, he cannot prescribe anything. We prescribe what we should be doing in accordance with our laws and our agreement (GPA).”

The SADC troika in the just ended meeting in Livingstone, Zambia resolved to send a team to Zimbabwe to monitor the implementation of GPA. The regional body also said the country must ensure that violence stops and that the constitutional making process is completed to ensure a roadmap to free and fair elections.

This is the umpteenth time that SADC, which is the guarantor of the GPA, has tried unsuccessfully to ensure that parties in the GPA resolve outstanding issues.

Tsvangirai called for a clean divorce with Mugabe following arrests of his senior MDC officials. He went on a regional tour before the Livingstone meeting to brief leaders on the GPA problems.