Muzorewa's ANC appeals to Zuma

THE party of the former prime minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, the late Bishop Abel Muzorewa, has written to South African President Jacob Zuma seeking inclusion in the resolution of Zimbabwe's political gridlock.

Muzorewa’s ANC, formerly the United Parties, wrote to Zuma, the mediator in Zimbabwe’s crisis, on December 15, last year, requesting an audience with him.

"Our party feels it has a role to play in finding a lasting solution to the Zimbabwean crisis."

The party said it wanted to discuss an all-party conference, levelling the playing fields ahead of elections, putting a transitional government in place after the expiry of the GPA and fighting intimidation by Zanu-PF.

Zuma’s director-general in charge of international relations, Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba, confirmed receipt of the party’s letter in a correspondence dated December 31.

Fringe political parties in Zimbabwe have complained about their exclusion in the resolution of the crisis which has sucked in the SADC and the African Union (AU). The exclusion of the Zimbabwean crisis on the agenda of the ongoing AU summit in Ethiopia has raised eyebrows with civil society organisations who charge that the continental body is not serious in addressing the political problems in Harare.

A team of non-governmental organisations is in Addis Ababa lobbying the AU to take stern action against President Robert Mugabe.