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Sadc’s Zimbabwe indaba delayed


The meeting of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Organ on Defence, Politics and Security set for Angola to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe was yesterday moved to today.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma, who this week dispatched his facilitation team to Harare, is expected to chair the Troika meeting.

The Troika is made up of Zuma, Zambian President Michael Sata and Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete. Zuma is the mediator in the Sadc-
brokered political deal that gave birth to Zimbabwe’s inclusive government.

He will update the body on the progress made by the principals in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government in implementing the outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka confirmed the development yesterday.

“The principals did not meet today,” he said. ‘We have been advised that they will meet tomorrow (today) before the Sadc extraordinary summit.”

Mugabe, who is expected to push his agenda for an early poll before reforms are implemented, has a high-powered team that includes Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Defence
minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Transport minister Nicholas Goche.

Mugabe has repeatedly said he wants elections this year to end the fragile inclusive government while his opponents have demanded implementation of reforms first before fresh polls.

They fear any election without reforms will see a repeat of the the 2008 violence that Tsvangirai claims killed over 200 of his supporters and displaced thousands.

Tsvangirai, who flew to Luanda from China, is accompanied by his deputy Thokozani Khupe, Minister of Staff in his office Ian Makone, Finance minister Tendai Biti, Energy minister Elton Mangoma, and Minister of State in the PM’s Office responsible for International Relations Jameson Timba.

MDC leader Welshman Ncube is accompanied by Regional Integration and International Cooperation Minister Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and National Healing minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu. Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara is also in Luanda.

Soon after arriving in Angola, Mugabe told journalists that he wanted the West to remove sanctions imposed on him and Zanu PF officials.

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