The much-awaited visit by South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team was last night mired in confusion with conflicting statements on the purpose of their visit flying around.
Zuma’s team arrived at midday Wednesday to try and diffuse tension between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai over the former’s unilateral re-appointment of provincial governors.
Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara last night told NewsDay : “There is no meeting of the principals tonight. I don’t know anything about that.” MDC-M secretary general and a negotiator to the GPA, Welshman Ncube, confirmed the arrival of the team.
“The team is in the country. We are not aware of the agenda,” he said.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jameson Timba also confirmed the arrival of the team but said: “The principals will meet sometime, perhaps even before midnight today.”
Elton Mangoma, one of the negotiators to the GPA, also said he was aware of the facilitators’ visit.
Asked when the principals would meet, he said: “I don’t know.” Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said last night that he was not aware when the principals would meet.