Mediator in Zimbabwe’s political crisis South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday met his Zambian counterpart and chair of the Sadc Troika Rupiah Banda to update him on the progress in Zimbabwe.
The meeting took place in South Africa after the two signed a memorandum of understanding on environment management and natural resources.
According to an online publication Zambian Watchdog, Zuma reiterated the call for the lifting of sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his lieutenants.
Zuma reportedly told Banda that the sanctions were proving to be an impediment to efforts by Sadc to make the three rival principals in the government of national unity sing from the same hymn sheet.
The online publication quoted Zuma as having said:
“We call on the globe to lift sanctions. It will be helpful. They (the sanctions) are inhibiting our progress.”
The statements came a week after Zuma jetted into Harare in a last-ditch attempt to save the shaky inclusive government from collapse.
Zuma held one-on-one talks with President Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara before they went into a group discussion.
However, results of the deliberations were kept under wraps.
Zuma only said he held consultations with the trio and the discussions were fruitful.
According to reports from Pretoria, Banda said the Sadc Troika would meet sometime early next year.
Meanwhile, the three principals, who were supposed to meet yesterday after a re-engagement workshop, failed to do so.
No reason was given on Thursday night.
MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa on Thursday night confirmed that the principals did not meet, but was not sure of the reason.
“The principals did not meet. I am not aware why the meeting did not take place,” he said.