Zuma urges Robert Mugabe not to undermine unity govt deal

He was speaking at the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit today which has resumed in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city, Kinshasa. Recently, political bickering over the implementation of the power-sharing pact has heightened tensions between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zuma, who has just relinquished his position as SADC Chairperson, says they are committed to encouraging further progress in the country. “Just as SADC has stood with the people of Zimbabwe in the search for the solution to the challenges facing the country, it remains committed to working to encourage further progress.”

DRC President Joseph Kabila has now officially taken over from President Zuma as new chairperson of SADC. Kabila is seen as a close ally of Mugabe and there are doubts whether he will be an impartial mediator between Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).