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Zimbabwe at crossroads

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Zimbabwe now looks to be at crossroads after it emerged the Sadc Summit to be held in Luanda, Angola may not be the panacea to the country’s perennial political crisis.

Sources yesterday said there were last minute efforts by South African leader Jacob Zuma to find common ground among the feuding political parties, days before the crucial summit.

They said it was unlikely the three parties in the inclusive government would reach common ground on contentious issues in the roadmap to a free and fair election.

President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF were said to have taken an even tougher stance to the extent of pushing for the removal of facilitator South African leader, Jacob Zuma, at the summit.

What compounds the political situation in the country is that the parties that form the inclusive government have sharp differences on how issues to do with the roadmap should be resolved.

Zanu PF allegedly wants the facilitator’s role discussed arguing that Zuma is to assume the chairmanship of the Sadc Organ on Defence, Politics and Security, a body to whom the facilitator has to report to.

The party’s politiburo member Jonathan Moyo recently said if Sadc insisted that President Zuma takes the two responsibilities “they will be inviting a clear conclusion that there is a sinister agenda.”
“To say President Zuma should execute the two duties is utter nonsense.

The question is which hat he should wear because he cannot wear two because he does not have two heads,” said the sharp tongued former Information minister.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo watered down prospects of a lasting solution to the parties’

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