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Ncube optimistic over summit outcome

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MDC-N leader and one of the chief negotiators in the Global Political Agreement (GPA), Welshman Ncube, has expressed optimism the Sadc deliberations on Zimbabwe in South Africa on Saturday will produce a genuine commitment to resolving the country’s political crisis.

“We expect the summit to adopt the roadmap that has been agreed to by the parties,” Ncube said.

“We also expect the summit to devise a mechanism to ensure that there is faithful implementation of the roadmap. Our problem has been a lack of faithful implementation of what is agreed on.”

The three main parties forming Zimbabwe’s coalition government have for long been haggling over full implementation of provisions of the GPA, a matter that has several times threatened to derail the pact. One of the outstanding contentious issues is the security sector reform, which Zanu PF has fiercely resisted.

Newspapers and websites around the country are already swirling with speculation that the regional body was likely to come down heavy on Zanu PF’s intransigence.

Ncube however said predictions of fireworks between President Mugabe and the Sadc leaders may be misplaced.

“I don’t know where that is coming from,” Ncube said. “The Livingstone Summit made resolutions and they have been followed. I find it hard to believe that there will be any fireworks.”

The Livingstone Summit held at the end of March resolved to suspend election talk and urged the parties to work on a roadmap leading to free and fair elections.

Party negotiators and facilitators from South Africa have produced a roadmap that is set to be endorsed today.

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