Tsvangirai Dispatches Envoy To Angola

Jameson Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, is expected to meet Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos and other government officials.

This comes amid a widening rift in the coalition government with Zanu (PF) ministers openly defying Tsvangirai.

Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Saviour Kasuwere openly called the PM a puppet and led a boycott of a Council of Ministers meeting last week.

Dos Santos is the current chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The regional body is mediating in the political disagreements between Zimbabwe’s three governing parties.

Zanu (PF) has been threatening to abandon the SADC brokered inclusive government accusing its coalition partners of delaying a constitution making exercise.

Timba is also expected to meet the Angolan Foreign Affairs ministry officials including the State secretary Manuel Augusto.

“Angola, as a brother country, we will inform on the current political situation in Zimbabwe,” he told state media on arrival.

He said Angola must be kept abreast of political and economic developments in Zimbabwe as the current SADC chair.

SADC is likely to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s insistence to hold elections without reforms as it is contrary to the power sharing agreement that established the inclusive government.