SADC Troika on Zimbabwe to be held on Friday

Harare, November 17, 2010 – Zimbabwe’s unity government comes on the spotlight this Friday when the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika meets to assess the country’s political problems.\r\n

The Troika meets in Gaborone, Botswana on the sidelines of the opening of the new SADC headquarters in that country.

The meetings comes after South African President Jacob Zuma on Monday dispatched his envoy to meet Zimbabwe’s feuding leaders in a last-ditch attempt to save the unity government from collapse.

Authoritative sources told RadioVoP that the Troika had been convened ahead of the full SADC summit expected in a few weeks time.

Zimbabwe’s unity government faces collapse following President Robert Mugabe’s unilateralism and willful breach of the political agreement.

Mugabe’s partner in the unity government, Morgan Tsvangirai accuses him of violating the constitution and the political agreement which gave birth to the transitional government.

The last SADC Troika in Namibia recommended that Mugabe appoints governors from Tsvangirai’s MDC party as per the formula agreed by the parties’ negotiators.

The Troika gave Mugabe 30 days to implement all the agreed positions but until now, nothing has been done. Mugabe has actually backtracked on the agreed positions.

For instance, Mugabe re-appointed governors from his Zanu (PF) party in breach of the agreement and the SADC Troika recommendations.

Meanwhile, Zuma’s facilitation team led by Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s international relations advisor met Mugabe and Tsvangirai separately on Monday. The team met Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Tuesday.

Highly placed sources told RadioVoP that Zuma is pushing for a violence free election if it happens next year.

The sources said Zuma is working behind the scenes to push for an adoption by the SADC summit of a roadmap that will eradicate all forms of violence before, during and after the elections.

It is not yet clear what measures Zuma and SADC will advocate for to ensure a violence free election.