Zuma team jets in

The Sadc-appointed facilitation team and Tuesday met separately with negotiators of the three main political parties in a bid to assess progress in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

The facilitators, who met Zanu PF, MDC-T and MDC representatives at an undisclosed location in Harare, are also expected to unlock the current
constitution-making deadlock that arose last week after Zanu PF submitted fresh amendments to the draft constitution.

MDC chief negotiator Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga said the facilitation team was in the country to assess the situation on the ground and find ways to unlock the logjam.

“They are in the country, but I haven’t seen them yet. We are meeting them separately as political parties and we are only going to see them at 5pm,” Mushonga said.

“They are just coming to see what we are doing after Maputo and the implementation of the Maputo resolutions.”

All the three parties last week reached a deadlock after Zanu PF insisted on making further changes to the draft constitution, while the MDC and MDC-T said they would not concede to the demands.

One of the resolutions that were passed at the Maputo summit was that MDC leader Welshman Ncube would now be recognised as a principal in the GPA in place of his bitter rival Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.

However, Mutambara insists that he is still a principal because he is currently awaiting judgment on his appeal contesting two High Court rulings recognising Ncube as the bona-fide leader of the MDC.

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