Ncube hails Sadc summit


MDC president Welshman Ncube has expressed optimism the country’s feuding three main political players will implement last week’s Sadc Troika resolutions on Zimbabwe to ensure the country resumes its recovery path.

Ncube said the Troika’s summit held in Zambia’s Livingstone city was “frank”, “blunt” and “serious” and his party hoped that mood will permeate to the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Ncube’s MDC is one of three parties making up the inclusive government. He is currently locked in a legal wrangle over the leadership of the party with former leader and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, who has refused to step down after being voted out at the party’s congress in January.

Other coalition government leaders are President Robert Mugabe (Zanu PF) and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T).

“I have attended Sadc summits for the last four or so years. All the time I was a negotiator I attended all the Sadc summits. This is one of the Troika summits I can say the mood was different and the extent of bluntness was surprising for some of us. It showed that Sadc is now serious and we hope that will be followed by a hands-on approach to the implementation of the GPA.

“They warned us that we should look carefully at what was happening in North Africa and its meaning. The condition in the country, clearly in their opinion, created a conducive atmosphere for what was happening in North Africa.

“President Mugabe’s response that he is alarmed by the assessment of Sadc demonstrates the extent to which the Troika had been serious on the whole issue. It indicated some paradigm shift,” Ncube said.

He said the summit resolved to attach another team from Sadc to help the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) pursue its mandate.

“There was one important decision taken by the Troika and that decision was that, in light of the failure by us to fully implement the GPA, Sadc was going to appoint three people to be attached to Jomic to closely monitor the situation,” he added.