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Zuma emissaries in Harare


Sadc mediator to Zimbabwe and South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s envoys jetted into Harare on Tuesday amid reports Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party was unhappy with alleged violations of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by President Robert Mugabe.
The envoys Mac Maharaj and Charles Nqakula were said to have lined up meetings with negotiators from all the three political parties and their principals.
Discussions were kept under wraps last night.
Last night government sources said the envoys were in Harare to prepare the way for President Zuma’s visit to deal with outstanding issues the three principals to the GPA have been haggling over for almost two years now.
The South African facilitators came a month after President Zuma took delivery of a report prepared by the principals on the contentious outstanding issues.
President Zuma was expected in Zimbabwe after receiving the report but failed reportedly because his country was hosting the Fifa World Cup tournament.
PM Tsvangirai’s political party has raised issues with President Mugabe’s alleged continued violation of the GPA after he redeployed ambassadors last weekend.
Both MDC formations were not forthcoming with information relating to the envoys’ trip to Harare.
MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa declined to comment saying: “Talk to President Zuma’s Office.”
President Zuma’s special advisor on international affairs Lindiwe Zulu could not be contacted. She did not take calls on her mobile phone. Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the MDC-M Arthur Mutambara referred all inquiries to the information minister Webster Shamu.
Shamu could also not be reached for comment.
On Monday Chamisa said the MDC-T was worried about long-standing issues that remained unresolved.
He said while these outstanding issues remained unresolved fresh ones were emerging.
“Our hope and conviction is that these matters get the attention they deserve,” Chamisa said.
Last month President Mugabe expressed optimism that the principals had reached a compromise saying: “We, the principals, have now summarised our report — in other words, what our negotiators went through and was submitted to us and we have looked at.”
“We went through it with yeses and nos, yeses and nos; and we have come up with what we agree to be the position.”

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