Zuma, who jetted into Zimbabwe on Friday and managed to force Zimbabwe’s principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to start co-operating with each other, reportedly expressed anger with lack of seriousness in implementing the GPA.
A highly placed government source told Radio VOP that Zuma did not mince his words as he feels the Zimbabwean leaders, especially President Robert Mugabe was not taking issues seriously. Zuma met Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara to try and iron out the problems that continue to dog Zimbabwe’s political scene.
“President Zuma was in a no nonsense mood and told the leaders that he was fed up with continuously having to discuss simple issues which could be resolved amicably. He expressed anger that the principals were failing to implement what had been agreed upon.
“Zuma wants this nonsense to end and he feels only credible elections will help resolve the political crisis in Zimbabwe. But he wants SADC to be heavily involved and wants an election roadmap which is credible. Zuma does not want bloody elections and does not want members of the intelligence and uniformed forces to interfere with elections.
“In short, Zuma effectively wants elections to be run by SADC together with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). He also managed to have Mugabe and Tsvangirai resume their Monday meetings saying it was good for the government,” said the highly placed government official.
Mugabe and Tsvangirai last met in October to discuss government business. Tsvangirai pulled out of meetings with Mugabe after the 86-year-old leader unilaterally appointed provincial governors and ambassadors in violation of the GPA.
Tsvangirai then described Mugabe as a “crook” and “dishonest” man.
Zuma left Zimbabwe on Friday evening and expressed satisfaction with his mediatory role. He said he will now brief the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security on his meetings with Zimbabwe’s leaders before making his findings public.
Zimbabwe’s civil society is skeptical of elections fearing violence but Mugabe seems adamant to go for elections with the Zanu PF machinery believing that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had lost popularity.