Robert Mugabe unhappy with Sadc intervention

HARARE – Robert Mugabe is not happy about the intervention of the SADC in the crisis in Zimbabwe because he says Zimbabweans are “grown-ups” and “intelligent” enough to deal with their own problems.

However, he will attend a special summit of the SADC’s organ on defence and security, which meets in Mozambique tomorrow in a bid to save Zimbabwe’s shaky coalition government from collapse.

The SADC last week dispatched a ministerial taskforce to Zimbabwe to review the country’s unity government after Tsvangirai partially disengaged from it more than two weeks ago in protest at what he called Mugabe’s intransigence.

Mugabe had a five-hour meeting with SADC chairman President Joseph Kabila of the DRC in Harare early this week.

Yesterday he was quoted by the state media as saying: He (Kabila) will, however, know that we are grown-ups and an intelligent people who know that we went into the agreement knowing that there will be handicaps to be met and we need to sit down and discuss the problems.”

Kabila later met separately with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara for about an hour.

Tsvangirai said he was confident the regional body would be able to break the impasse that threatens to collapse Zimbabwe’s coalition government.

His spokesperson, James Maridadi, yesterday said Tsvangirai had held “fruitful” discussions with Kabila.

“The SADC chairman assured the prime minister that the SADC Troika on defence and security should be able to thrash out the sticky issues of the Global Political Agreement,” Maridadi said.

The leaders of Mozambique, Zambia and Swaziland constitute the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security. – Media24 Africa