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Facilitators meet negotiators

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South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team comprising Mac Maharaj, Charles Nqakula and Ambassador Vusi Mavimbela yesterday met negotiators of the three parties in the inclusive government to prepare for a meeting of principals.

MDC negotiator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga confirmed yesterday’s meeting with the facilitators in Harare and described the meeting as a success.

“Yes, we met to prepare for the meeting of the principals. We told them that at the moment we want to meet as negotiators to prepare for the meeting of principals and the facilitation team will be back in the country on June 25,” she said.

At the meeting, Zanu PF was represented by Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nicholas Goche while Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Moses Mzila-Ndlovu stood in for the MDC. The MDC-T was represented by Tendai Biti and Jameson Timba.

According to Misihairabwi-Mushonga, the negotiators will meet between now and June 25 to prepare an agenda for the principals’ meeting. The facilitation team will then decide when they will meet the principals.

At the Angola Extraordinary Summit on June 3, the Sadc Troika ordered the inclusive government to come up with an implementation mechanism to resolve outstanding issues in the GPA and prepare for elections in the next 12 months. Yesterday’s meeting was also a follow-up to check on Zimbabwe’s plan to the Luanda resolutions, according to Timba.

The facilitation team later met representatives of opposition parties outside the GPA who presented them with a petition to Zuma demanding Sadc to also award them full representation at all Sadc extraordinary meetings where Zimbabwe would be on the agenda.

These included MDC99 president Job Sikhala, Zapu deputy president Emilia Mukaratirwa, Democratic Party president Wurayayi Zembe while Zanu Ndonga was represented by Reketayi Semwayo.

“We have been given audience. We told them we also want representation in the cross-party body responsible for monitoring violence, the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic). We also want to meet President Zuma,” Sikhala said.

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