The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president’s visit comes just a day after the visit of the SADC ministerial task-force country to evaluate the country’s unity government. An official at the Ministry of Information told our reporter that Kabila arrived on Sunday evening from South Africa.
“He is in the country on a state visit,” said the official.
Kabila is expected to hold talks with both President Mugabe and Prime Minister Tsvangirai on the on-going political impasse which saw Tsvangirai’s MDC partially pulling out of the inclusive government.
Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe and his party of refusing to implement the political agreement signed last year in full.
The head of the ministerial task-force, Olderio Baloi, told our reporter that the SADC troika will recommend to the SADC heads of states that a summit on Zimbabwe be convened within the next 14 days most likely in Maputo, Mozambique.
"We are going to do our best to convene a summit of the troika as soon as possible," said Baloi. "There are serious problems and we can not hide that, we still consulting the heads of states who have heavy agendas but trust me the summit will be there very soon and very very soon almost immediately."
The SADC Troika review mission came to Zimbabwe last Wednesday following Tsvangirai’s decision two weeks ago to partially disengage his MDC party from the coalition government.
SADC, that brokered the power-sharing agreement between the Zimbabwean political leaders tasked its security organ, also known as the Troika, to monitor Zimbabwe’s global political agreement (GPA) that set up the February unity government.
The disengagement has seen the MDC boycotting two successive weekly Cabinet meetings. This has paralysed government operations and threatens to collapse the eight-month-old coalition administration.
In response, President Mugabe has threatened to replace the MDC ministers who are not turning up for work.
Tsvangirai and Mugabe met last Monday, after the premier’s turned from a regional tour to drum up support to try to exert pressure on Mugabe and his party to implement the GPA but the meeting failed to yield any results.