“They (Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change) were bringing him up to speed with all the issues and whether the global political agreement is being implemented. The meeting was in that context,” Zuma’s spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times.
The newspaper reported that Tsvangirai visited Zuma at his homestead in Nkandla village in KwaZulu-Natal during the traditional ceremony for his son’s engagement.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai formed a unity government two years ago under a SADC-backed Global Political Agreement that was meant to end political violence and ensure basic rights such as freedom of speech and assembly.But the government faces collapse as the clampdown on Tsvangirai MDC by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF intensifies.Tsvangirai’s visit comes after Zimbabwe’s energy minister Elton Mangoma was arrested again on Friday a move that drew accusations of a plot to whittle away at the MDC’s majority in parliament.
Tsvangirai’s party said they feared more ministers would be arrested ahead of the parliamentary elections for a new speaker next week, after the Supreme Court invalidated the election of Lovemore Moyo, a top Tsvangirai ally.Mangoma’s earlier arrest drew an angry reaction from Tsvangirai, who called for new elections and said it was time for a “divorce” in the unity government.
Mugabe has indicated that polls could be held this year. But officials had said a referendum on a new constitution, meant to pave the way for the elections, would not be held before September.Tsvangirai has called on the Southern African Development Community, which brokered the unity accord, to lay out a “roadmap” to fresh elections.
Last week the prime minister also met with Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Botswana President Ian Khama ahead of the 15-nation bloc’s security organ meeting on Thursday in Zambia to discuss the tensions in Zimbabwe.