SADC fails to hold summit on Zimbabwe

IN a dramatic twist, the South African Broadcasting Coperation on Saturday are reporting that Zimbabwean opposition leaders have expressed regret at the Southern African Development Community's failure to hold an extra-ordinary summit to discuss current tensions within the Zimbabwean unity government.

The Movement for Democratic Change has been at odds with Zanu-PF leader Robert Mugabe, accusing him of reneging on implementing some of the recommendations of the 2008 Global Political Agreement.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai travelled to Botswana to seek guarantees from SADC leaders that they will establish a road map to allow free and fair national elections in Zimbabwe by mid-next year.

Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai have publicly stated their desire to hold elections next year with some SADC leaders pushing for the immediate deployment of a SADC team to oversee the reform and electoral process.

President Zuma – the SADC appointed facilitator in Zimbabwe – has called for the immediate implementation of all outstanding issues agreed on the Global Political Agreement before an election can be held.

Earlier this week the President sent his facilitation team to Harare to gather information that he wanted to use to brief SADC leaders.

Unfortunately the summit was cancelled at the last minute after Zambian President Rupiah Banda and his Mozambican counterpart Armando Guebuza failed to arrive in Gaborone.