ZANU-PF’s Mujuru faction apologises to Zuma

HARARE – In a development likely cause more tension in Zanu PF, the party’s faction led by Vice President Joice Mujuru, has apologised to South African President Jacob Zuma for attacks on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) recently made by Professor Jonathan Moyo, a key member of the Mnangagwa faction.

Two weeks ago ZANU (PF) through its controversial prodigal son, Professor Jonathan Moyo, attacked Zuma for announcing during a SADC Troika meeting held last month in Livingstone Zambia that the regional bloc was going to establish an election road map for Zimbabwe.

President Zuma is the SADC facilitator to Zimbabwe’s Global Political Agreement, which formed the country’s coalition government.

Sources within the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Vice President Mujuru, last week secretly visited the South African Embassy and apologised.

"VP Mujuru after reprimanding Professor Jonathan Moyo personally met South African diplomats at their Zimbabwean embassy and tried to extinguish the fire. At the meeting she explained that Moyo’s utterances were not Zanu (PF)’s position, but his (Moyo) opinion, "the source said.

Professor Johnathan Moyo had written in state-run Sunday Mail newspaper blasting Zuma’s proposed roadmap as a regime change tool.

In a full page hard-hitting opinion piece, Professor Moyo suggested Zuma wanted to use the roadmap to overthrow Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe in the same way the South African leader voted for last month’s UN resolution that imposed a no-fly zone over Libya.

Since then President Mugabe has been trying to re-build relations with Zuma by praising SADC for its facilitation initiative to the implementation of the GPA.

At its conference in December last year, President Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party resolved not to move any step further, saying sanctions had to be removed first.