Zanu PF reduced to attention-seeker at the SADC Summit

Windhoek, Namibia – The embattled former ruling party Zanu PF’s Chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo, has distributed a statement of defiance reiterating his party’s position regarding the political situation in Zimbabwe and the holding of elections, amid reports of escalating frustration and tensions from the as they struggled to get their way at the summit.

The Zimbabwe Mail correspondent, in Nambia, reports that the Moyo said the only way forward for the parties in the Global Political Agreement, is to speedily conclude the constitution-making process and allow Zimbabweans to participate in a referendum and in polls.

He said the current delaying tactics employed by the MDC formations is a recipe for political and economic instability in Zimbabwe.

Moyo added that as a party, Zanu PF is totally against an idea of a new roadmap to elections as it means re-negotiating the GPA.

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The two MDC formations have of late been advocating for a fresh election road-map, divorced from the dictates of the GPA. They are both united on full implementation of the outstanding GPA agreements.

The Zanu PF chairman said he hoped the on-going SADC summit in Namibia will review the position taken at the last summit in Livingstone, Zambia and facilitate the full implementation of the PGA, particularly the holding of elections this year, without further delay.

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 He also said the GPA parties should, in unison, call for the removal of travel restrictions on Zanu PF leaders and against what he called the illegal broadcast by western radio stations into the country.

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 Moyo’s said the three parties in the inclusive government have clearly failed to bust travel restrictions together and to support the agrarian reform as well as the indigenisation and empowerment thrust together.

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He said Zanu PF will stick to the letter and spirit of the GPA, which stipulates that elections should be held after the completion of the constitution-making process.

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Commentators at the summit said Moyo’s statement seemed to be an act of desperation as no one was listening to Zanu PF’s plea at the summit to get the Zimbabwe agenda back on the table in the absence of the facilitator.

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SADC mediator and facilitator on the Zimbabwean crisis, South African President Jacob Zuma, is not attending the Namibian Heads of State Summit due to domestic commitments.

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A South African embassy official in the Harare has said Zuma would be overseeing the local government elections in his country and SADC had seen it fit that the Zimbabwe crisis problems could not be discussed without the facilitator.

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This has left Robert Mugabe clutching at straws because he and his party wanted the summit more than the MDC formations.

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Zanu PF had bands of hired party mobs and thugs in Namibia ready for legendary defiant chant at the Summit venue in demand for elections this year in support of its beleaguered leadership, today The Zimbabwe Mail has met some of them loitering in the streets of Windhoek doing shopping clad in party regalia.

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One Zimbabwean journalist attending the summit said, “things have turned the corner for Zanu PF. A few months back it was the MDC demanding SADC summits, and now it is Zanu PF’s turn, I hope they write a headline, “SADC Ignores Zanu-PF” in the Herald, like they used to do in the past”, he said in a burst of laughter from the joint.

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