Zuma Heads For Zimbabwe

The political impasse results from the failure to fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that created the shaky coalition government.

Although investment promotion minister Elton Mangoma on Thursday denied any knowledge of Zuma’s pending visit, government sources revealed the South African leader could be heading to Zimbabwe on an official mission.

South Africa through its former President, Thabo Mbeki, brokered the Zimbabwe’s unity agreement in 2008 which brought together bitter rivals from the MDC and Zanu PF.

Although President Robert Mugabe has denied any cracks within the unity government, events on the ground suggest the contrary. Recently the veteran leader unilaterally stripped of responsibilities to ministries run by MDC ministers.

It is speculated that Zuma will during his visit brief the Zimbabwe government on his visit to Britain last week where he tried
in vain to persuade the British government to remove sanctions on Zimbabwe. The British government as well as the European Union and the American government have refused to end Zimbabwe sanctions citing the stifling of democracy and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has insisted it will not make any more concessions to the MDC if sanctions are not lifted and exiled radio stations banned.