Sekeramayi told Sata Zimbabwe should be in charge of security

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Robert Mugabe this week dispatched his defence and state security ministers with special messages to the leaders of Angola and Zambia in what could be a campaign to seek regional backing for elections this year.

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Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa delivered a special message from Mugabe to Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda on Monday.

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And on Tuesday State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi also met Zambia’s Michael Sata in Lusaka with another special message from Mugabe.

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The contents of Mugabe’s communications were not disclosed.

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But the Zanu PF leader considers the backing of the SADC region crucial as he presses for fresh polls this year.

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SADC, whose point-man in the country is South African leader Jacob Zuma, facilitated the formation of the coalition government after the violent but inconclusive 2008 ballot and is helping negotiate a so-called roadmap to new polls.

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Mugabe says the coalition government is no longer workable and is pressing for new elections this year to end the arrangement.

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However, his rivals – with the apparent backing of Zuma – are demanding the full implementation of political reforms and claim a credible ballot is only viable early next year.

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While the position of the rest of the SADC leaders remains unclear, Mugabe may, at least, count on the backing of Zambia’s Sata who, early this year, said there was no reason for delaying the elections.

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Speaking in an interview with a British newspaper in January, Sata said: “You people, the Western countries, you taught us that democracy is elections. Now somebody wants elections and you say no.

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“There will be elections and Mugabe will go (at some point) and someone else will take over, but not someone imposed by the Western countries.”

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Zimbabwe is currently writing a new constitution, as part of a raft of reforms the MDC formations want concluded before new elections.

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“The ultimate deadline (for new elections) March 2013,” Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told Parliament last week.

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“(But) we must go through these reforms very carefully; the Constitution, media reforms, political reforms, electoral reforms, national healing, and security sector alignment, economic reforms.

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“This means seven types of reforms.  These reforms require time and that time will determine when our elections will take place.”

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Security

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Zimbabwe should be in charge of all security matters during the 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly (UNWTO) in Victoria Falls, that is what Mugabe’s president Robert Mugabe‘s special Envoy Sydney Sekeramayi told president  Michael Sata at State House in Lusaka on Tuesday.

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And Mugabe and Sata will meet  on the Zimbabwean side of the border on  28 May to receive an award from United Nations World Tourism Organisation and sign a memorandum of understanding to co-host the event UNTWO.

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President Michael Sata and Mugabe have been appointed International Tourism Ambassadors by the United Nations.

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United Nations World Tourism Organisation will officially confer the status to the two presidents at a function to be held in Victoria Fallsand officiated by the UNWTO secretary general Mr Talib Rifai.

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On Tuesday this week, Zimbabwe’s minister for security  Sidney Sekeramayi met Sata at state house and delivered what State House said was a special message.

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The Watchdog has been informed by state house sources that Mugabe has ‘suggested’ to Sata that all matters related to security should be left to Zimbabwe or Zimbabwe should at least be in charge.

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Zimbabwe believes that its intelligence is superior and is better positioned to handle a meeting of such magnitude.

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176 countries will gather at Victoria Falls for the 20th  UNWTO general assembly between 24 to 29 August 2013.

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Though the meeting will be co-hosted by Livingstone town in Zambia and Victoria Fall town in Zimbabwe, it is beginning to look like most important events will be on the Ziba Za Mabwe side.

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