Zuma To Accredit Disputed Zim High Commissioner

Zuma, who is the South African Development Community (SADC) appointed mediator in the Zimbabwe political crisis, is due to receive Mpelekezela Mphoko on Thursday morning at Presidential Guest House,according to a statement issued by the Office of the Presidency.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC T are contesting Mphoko’s appointment on the grounds that it was arbitrarily done by President Robert Mugabe without the consultation of other partners in the coalition government.

The MDT official complained to Zuma in a letter in October, 2010 which was also sent to the United Nations, SADC and African Union. The Global Political Agreement states that Mugabe should consult Tsvangirai on any senior government appointments.

“President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday, 03 February 2011, receive letters of credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-Designate at a credentials ceremony that will take place at the Presidential Guesthouse.

“The diplomats are representatives of countries including Algeria, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lithuania, Malta, Jordan, Trinidad and Tobago and also the European Union,” noted the statement obtained by Radio VOP.