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GNU crisis not on African Union agenda


Zimbabwe will not be on the agenda when the African Union meets for its 18th ordinary session in Addis, Ethiopia, despite growing tensions in the wobbly inclusive government and the refusal by Zanu PF to fulfil aspects of the Global Political Agreement.

The 18th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the AU kicked off yesterday and will run up to next Monday.

During summit, the AU Heads of State and Government will consider the report of the Peace and Security Council on its activities and the state of peace and security in Africa.

Civic organisations have been urging the AU to pressure the government to implement electoral reforms ahead of elections Zanu PF wants held this year.

But, MDC-T secretary for international relations Jameson Timba said Zimbabwe would be discussed at the summit later this week.

I cant determine or predict what heads of state decide to do, but I can confirm that President (Jacob) Zuma and Sadc are actively seized with the Zimbabwe crisis, in particular, the stalled media, electoral reforms and ensuring that the security sector is realigned to a multi- party democracy and stands to defend the will of the people, not individuals or parties, Timba said.

MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube, however, said there is no need for Zimbabwe to cry foul that they are missing on the agenda.

The AU gave us an opportunity to solve our problems and the onus is on the principals of the inclusive government to sit down and implement the agreed reforms, we cannot always be on the AU agenda.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said: Its the usual people who want to scandalise Zimbabwe. Why should we be on the AU agenda?

There is no crisis here to warrant their intervention. If at all Zimbabwe had to be on the AU agenda, it would have been to discuss sanctions and no other issue in my view.

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