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Zimbabwe to top Sadc


Political tension in Zimbabwe will top the agenda of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit in Namibia on Sunday.

Unresolved issues of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and the government’s refusal to obey rulings by the Sadc Tribunal will feature prominently during the bloc’s ordinary summit.

In a fortnight, the Sadc’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security will deliberate on the report prepared by the facilitator to the Zimbabwe crisis South African President Jacob Zuma on progress regarding sticking issues to the GPA which led to the formation of a coalition government.

The organ, chaired by Mozambican Armando Guebuza, will also deliberate on the crises in Madagascar and Lesotho.

The three principals to the GPA, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, are expected to be present at the summit.

Jameson Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday confirmed the developments saying Guebuza would submit his report to the full summit.

Timba said the full Sadc summit will deliberate Zimbabwe’s continued defiance of Sadc Tribunal rulings regarding land disputes.

The court has ruled in favour of white commercial farmers displaced under President Mugabe’s land reform programme.

The ruling incensed President Mugabe and his inner cabal who immediately dismissed it as biased.

Last month, the tribunal resolved to report Zimbabwe’s refusal to obey its rulings to Sadc leaders.

Sources in Harare were last night confident outstanding issues to the GPA would be resolved at the summit.

Outstanding issues include President Mugabe’s refusal to swear in MDC-T national treasurer Roy Bennett as deputy minister of agriculture, appointments of provincial governors, Reserve Bank Governor and the Attorney General, among other issues.

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