Robert Mugabe Plays Down Spat With SADC

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has “very little difficulties” with a decision by the Southern African Development Community to send a team of officials to Zimbabwe to ensure a power-sharing accord is fully implemented, his spokesman said, denying a spat with the regional bloc.

“In terms of substance, the Livingstone communique amounted to one huge step forward towards resolving problems in Zimbabwe,” Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, wrote in a commentary published in the state-controlled Herald, referring to SADC’s statement.

Jonathan Moyo, a lawmaker in Mugabe’s party, wrote in an opinion article in the Sunday Mail on April 3 that SADC’s decision opened a “treacherous window for regime change” in Zimbabwe. The statement was “not worth the paper it is written on,” he said.

South African President Jacob Zuma is the chief facilitator appointed by SADC to oversee political and constitutional changes in Zimbabwe before elections. A vote in 2008 failed to provide an outright presidential winner, leading to a coalition between Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front party and the Movement for Democratic Change, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.