Zuma stuck on the Zanu PF sanctions propaganda

PRETORIA – South African President Jacob Zuma and his Zambian counterpart Rupiah Banda on Thursday called for sanctions against Zimbabwe to be dropped.\r\n

Sanctions were not aiding change in Zimbabwe, Zuma said in Pretoria after a memorandum of understanding on environmental management and natural resources between SA and Zambia was signed.

"We call on the globe to lift sanctions. It will be helpful. They (the sanctions) are inhibiting our progress."

Pleading on behalf of Robert Mugabe, Zuma said that country’s President Robert Mugabe wanted a resolution to Zimbabwe’s problems, and that all parties in Zimbabwe were looking forward to the election.

Banda said the Southern African Development Community troika would meet to discuss Zimbabwe in January.

Zuma said that country’s President Robert Mugabe wanted a resolution to Zimbabwe’s problems, and that all parties in Zimbabwe were looking forward to the election.

Banda is on a two-day state visit to South Africa.

The Zambian president, and his South African counterpart have agreed to call for a special regional summit early next year to tackle the Zimbabwe and Madagascar crises.

A previous summit to deal with the Zimbabwean question failed to take place in Botswana after Banda and his Mozambican counterpart Armando Guebbuzza failed to make it for the meeting.

Banda and Zuma’s announcement of the special summit follows a three day state visit by the Zambian leader to South Africa that started on Thursday.

Zuma is a mediator to the Zimbabwean crisis, while Banda heads the Southern Africa Development Commission’s (SADC) organ on politics defence and security.

The South African president was then called to intervene in an effort to save the two year old inclusive government after a rift over the appointment of ambassadors and governors.

Zuma was in Zimbabwe last week and expressed “satisfaction” with talks with the country’s leaders following a breakdown in the inclusive government.

A report on the negotiations in Zimbabwe has been presented to the South African leader and Zuma said he expected to meet the negotiators soon.

Negotiations over the implementation of the Global Political Agreement had stalled forcing Zuma to be called to intervene in the dispute that threatened Zimbabwe’s two year old unity government.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader, Morgan Tsvangirai had accused his coalition partner, President Robert Mugabe of making unilateral decisions in the appointment of ambassadors and governors.

Tsvangirai has instituted a lawsuit to force Mugabe to reverse those decisions.