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Zuma team expected

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South African president Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team is expected in the country next week to deal with outstanding issues and the implementation of the election roadmap, MDC president Welshman Ncube said yesterday.

The visit comes hardly a month after their visit to the country to iron out the differences among the three main parties, Zanu PF and the two MDC formations. Zuma was tasked by Sadc to deal decisively with the Zimbabwe crisis to ensure a logical conclusion to the political bickering.

Ncube told reporters during a community outreach programme at Mutero Primary School in Mahusekwa he was still hopeful the outstanding issues stalling the full implementation of the GPA would be resolved before pronouncement of an election date.

“On July 11 the facilitation team for the Global Political Agreement is coming to Zimbabwe. Zuma should not just come for an open ended conversation,” Ncube said.

Zuma’s team includes spokesperson Mac Maharaj, special advisor Charles Nqakula and international relations advisor Lindiwe Zulu.

Contacted for comment, Zulu could neither confirm nor deny reports of another sojourn to Zimbabwe, saying she would check with the head of the team as she was not sure of the dates.

However, efforts to reach her later failed as she was no longer reachable on her mobile phone.

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