South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team says it will not rest until a permanent solution to Zimbabwe’s niggling political crisis that has heamorrhaged the economy over the past decade has been found.
This comes in the wake of Zuma’s commitment at the Sadc troika meeting held in Namibia recently.
In a telephone interview from South Africa, Lindiwe Zulu, the international relations advisor to President Zuma, said work was in progress as they were continuously engaging the three leaders in the inclusive government.
“We should be coming to Zimbabwe soon.
Unfortunately I cannot give you the exact date but work is progressing to find a lasting solution,” she said. “We are working within the 30-day period that President Zuma pledged. All efforts are being made to ensure that issues are resolved within that time frame.”
Zulu said resolving the impasse between Zanu PF and the two MDC parties remained President Zuma’s top priority.
“Resolving the impasse remains his top priority. The president and the people of South Africa will not rest until a solution has been found. The consultations are expected to culminate in a roadmap to elections,” said Zulu.
Zuma, who is the Sadc facilitator to the Zimbabwean crisis, committed himself to push for the finalisation of all outstanding issues within 30 days at the recent Sadc troika meeting in Namibia.
Out of the 27 disputed issues, the principals have agreed on 24, leaving three outstanding issues; the swearing-in of Roy Bennett as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and the appointments of Attorney-General, Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono.
Welshman Ncube, MDC-M secretary-general, said the principals have not yet met as they are awaiting communication from President Zuma.
“There is no reason why the principals should meet. It’s up to the negotiator to ensure that what was agreed at the Sadc summit is implemented,” he said.
MDC-T national spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said as a far as the party was concerned, there were no indications the principals would meet before President Zuma’s comes.
In a statement after returning from the summit, Tendai Biti, the MDC-T secretary general, said the principals agreed on an implementation matrix on the 24 issues including that of provincial governors.
The MDC-T has raised the issue of provincial governors as a concern in the inclusive government as Zanu PF was shifting goalposts on the agreed position.