Sadc presses on with GPA

Sadc is pressing ahead with the appointment of a three-member committee to work with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) to ensure that the Global Political Agreement (GPA) is honoured.

The Sadc Troika on Politics, Defence and Security resolved at the Livingstone summit at the end of March to appoint three officials from within the region to work with Jomic, after realising the body had been unable to ensure the implementation of the GPA, which gave birth to Zimbabwe’s inclusive government.

Jomic co-chairpersons Elton Mangoma (MDC-T), Nicholas Goche (Zanu PF) and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC-N), who is the current chair, met in Harare on Tuesday to review Jomic’s work and the appointment of the three-member committee.

“We resolved to write to the facilitation team so that they tell us the terms of reference of the people we are supposed to work with,” she said.

A member of the South African facilitation team Mac Mahraj, who came into the country on Tuesday before flying out the same day, was supposed to attend the meeting but did not arrive on time.

He was following up on recommendations made during a meeting between GPA negotiators and President South Africa Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team in Cape Town, last week which resolved to strengthen Jomic, among other things.
The co-chairpersons also resolved to write to Home Affairs co-ministers Kembo Mohadi and Theresa Makone and Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu to brief them on what they were expected to do under the GPA.
Mohadi and Makone superintend over the Zimbabwe Republic Police, one of the security organisations blamed for throwing spanners into the implementation of the GPA by allegedly curtailing freedom of assembly and clamping down on political activity.
Shamu is probably wanted in connection with the non-licensing of other players in the broadcasting industry as well as the promotion of hate speech by the public media.
The issues have already been addressed in the election roadmap, which calls for the dissolution of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe boards and the licensing of more broadcasters.

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