Zuma Meets Zimbabwe GPA Negotiators

The negotiators recently completed an election roadmap to free and fair election which they handed to their Principals and to the South African facilitation team led by Charles Nqakula, Zuma’s adviser.

Zimbabwe’s political crisis has resulted in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) troika summit calling on the unity government to fully implement all agreed issues in the GPA. The troika said it will send a team to be stationed at the Namibian embassy to monitor progress.

“The negotiators left (Wednesday) for the meetings in South Africa. This is a crucial meeting as it is before the SADC extra-ordinary summit that is set to be held in Windhoek, Namibia,” a government official privy with the discussions said.

The negotiators from the three main parties are Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche from Zanu (PF), Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma from the larger Movement for Democratic Change led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga and Moses Mzila Ndlovu from the smaller MDC formation.

Some analysts have pointed out that the full SADC summit will likely push President Robert Mugabe to fully implement the GPA unity pact.

“We are likely to see a different SADC saying to Mugabe in the face that they cannot continue with these extra-ordinary summits which are not moving anything on the ground. Diplomacy will be dead at the meeting,” one analyst told Radio VOP.