Mugabe in Namibia for SADC Summit

HARARE – The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Zanu PF First Secretary and Patron of War Veterans Association and Chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Windhoek, Namibia for the SADC Summit after recovering from a health scare at his Harare mansion on Tuesday night.

Mugabe, who left Harare this Thursday afternoon, was received at the Windhoek Airport by the Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister, Utoni Nujoma instead of the country’s President, ahead of the summit which is expected to discuss other issues and not the Zimbabwean crisis.

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A South African embassy official in the Harare said on Thursday President Jacob Zuma will be overseeing the local government elections in his country and SADC has seen it fit that the Zimbabwe crisis problems cannot be discussed without the facilitator.

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The executive secretary of the SADC Secretariat, Tomaz Salomâo has already said the Zimbabwe and Madagascan issues are not on the agenda.

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This has left Robert Mugabe clutching at straws because he and his party want the summit to deliberate on Zimbabwe more than the MDC formations.

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Zimbabwe State insists that the summit is expected to get first hand information on the situation in Zimbabwe following what it called “a misrepresentation of facts by the MDC-T that there had been a silent coup by the military in Zimbabwe and that there was a resurgence of violence.”

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Mugabe and Zanu PF insists that the summit is expected to examine the progress that has been made by the political parties in the inclusive government in implementing the GPA and the roadmap to the holding of elections in the country.

Reports however say the GPA Facilitator, President Jacob Zuma of south Africa is unable to attend the summit as he is committed to the current local government elections in his country, casting doubt whether Zimbabwe will be on the agenda.

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The mandate and jurisdiction of the SADC Tribunal will also be discussed, in view of some rulings that contradict some national laws, in some member states.

Mugabe is accompanied by his trusted sidekick Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa; Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Minister, Nicholas Goche and his team of medical doctors.

Zanu PF National Chairman, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, George Charamba and several Zanu PF officials, are also part of the delegation to Namibia.

Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Affairs Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi travelled ahead of the summit and are already in the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

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During his departure, Mugabe was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President John Nkomo; Lands and Resettlement Minister, Herbert Murerwa; State Security Minister, Sydney Sekeramayi; service chiefs and senior government officials.

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Meanwhile, John Nkomo has been left in charge as the Acting President.