Zuma tackles Mugabe, Tsvangirai

SADC-APPOINTED facilitator to the Zimbabwe crisis South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team yesterday challenged principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to ensure a free political environment this year to ensure Zimbabwe becomes “a normal society again”.

Report By MOSES MATENGA STAFF REPORTER

In an interview with NewsDay, the facilitation team spokesperson Lindiwe Zulu said Zuma remained committed to resolving the political impasse in Zimbabwe and hoped that the region would continue supporting them ahead of crucial elections later this year.

“We are taking a short break, but the issues are never out of sight and we hope this year will be better and all the parties will have a new resolve on implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and bring Zimbabwe back to normalcy so that people can go about their day-to-day lives in a normal way,” Zulu said.

“On the overall, all we want (is) to go back to normalcy. We have a strong vigour to get Zimbabwe to have a normal life like the other countries in the region and hopefully the whole region will assist Zimbabwe.”

Zuma has shot down President Robert Mugabe’s previous attempts to force an election before implementation of key electoral reforms. Other principals are MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC-M Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara.

The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has, however, recognised MDC leader Welshman Ncube as a principal since his fallout with Mutambara over leadership of the party. Zuma, who recently won re-election as leader of the African National Congress, was tasked by Sadc to ensure peaceful implementation of the GPA and reforms in the country ahead of elections.

Zimbabwe is expected to conclude the constitution-making process in the first quarter of this year and then conduct a referendum before holding harmonised elections.

Classified as one of the “hotspots” in the region and in need of Sadc intervention to end the impasse, Zimbabwe plummeted into a near war zone in 2008 following Mugabe’s narrow defeat by Tsvangirai leading the regional bloc to intervene. The intervention led to the formation of a coalition government.

In his end-of-year message, Tsvangirai said: “The year ahead is replete with challenges for Zimbabwe: the conclusion of the constitution-making process; the national referendum; a watershed election and the hosting of the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) conference.

“As leaders, we have publicly pronounced our desire for peace and security in the final stages of this unfolding process in our country. I hope we can walk the talk and ensure that we match our words with concrete action.”

Mugabe, in an interview with a local weekly before he flew to the Far East for his annual vacation last week, said the new year should guarantee peace in the country.

“We should find ways of achieving them (free and fair elections) and that then would mark the totality of these achievements and progress by our own nation.”

29 Responses to Zuma tackles Mugabe, Tsvangirai

  1. dovi January 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    zanu yagara ndeye violence.tinogona kuona mumwe mukuru we opposition achiurawa.we want peaceful elections

  2. Mk January 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I hate the election time, where a son turns against his father, a neighbour against a neighbour, where election results are pre-determined, service chiefs have the liberty to choose their own leader at the expense of the majority of defenseless zimbabweans. Oh how i hate the election time.

  3. themba January 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Tsvangison will trod on this old thing and open doors to a new zimbabwe. Congratulations in advance Sabe.

  4. xolani January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Tsvangirai this is your time! We rally behind you.

  5. goredema January 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    elections acceptible only in 2015, whats the rush

  6. Moyo January 2, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Chatinoda kugara murugare nerunyararo

  7. Chinja 4life January 2, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Ok Mr Zuma may you please remain steadfast and do not succub to Zanu PF demands of election before the implemeantation of the GPA.

  8. mwanawemundau January 2, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    if mugabe stops his greenbombers,solders and policemen from racking harvock then we can have a peacefull election .mugabe also knows that if a free and fair election is held he will be history saka kuc harohwa munhu senge kumusha.

  9. Mcgyver January 2, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Level minded people give their opinions without threatening others. Why is it that those who support mdcs or zanu pf luv to use hate speech to say out their mind. We will get nowhere with these kinds of contribution, otherwise this platform is not helping but promoting violence.

  10. Sibongile January 2, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Zuma’s stance on mugabe has been superlatively superb. unlike mbeki who destroyed our country with his quiet diplomacy. Forward with reforms president zuma.

  11. moyo January 2, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    mugabe thinks he owns this country. Zimbabwean youths lets register and vote this wicked Hitler.

  12. moyo January 2, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    Out, of course

  13. King Tubby January 2, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Spot on Moyo. We cant leave in fear of Army and Police which should be protecting us. The Old Man and his henchmen have to go. We dont owe them a living.

  14. John weku Mabvuku January 2, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Hate speech and violence are the new form of political expression, It is fanned by the media and solidified into practice by leaders at political rallies, the NGO.s fund it, they cant survive if we were tolerant and peacefull. In Kenya, NGOs funded the acquisition of Machetes on both sides so the people could kill each other and they obliged! Its up to us the electorate to mature. After the elections we see Chamisa tailing Mugabe and Biti whispering into Chinamasa’s ear! they dont fight, they have tea together, vana vavo vanoita maparty ekudya mari, who amongst us received an Xmas card from any of our leaders,?? Vakatumirana mapresents across the divide isu tichirwa nokutukana pa braai stand! What a world!!

  15. Mupfana weBikini January 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    At times I wonder kuti chaizvo chaizvo kana munhu akatonga for 33 years chaachada chii? Go home ,rest and enjoy your money nevazukuru.Amassing a lot of wealth, wozodii nehupfumi ihwo-hwo if u cannot enjoy the benefits of being rich?After all u dont even donate a spoon kana rata rakabooka to the struggling masses.Veduwe its a mystery kwandiri kuti mari yakawanda toidii?

  16. PhilaniNcube January 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    let us speed the process we are sinking and observe huminity sizwelane since 1980 sisejele bakwethu for now we want something that is going to accommodate a lot of in terms of independence

  17. jOJO January 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    ELECTIONS IN MARCH 2013 AND ZANU PF A WIN FULLSTOP!!!!

  18. ecr January 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    zvakanaka

  19. goodlyfe January 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    philani ncube,i can tell u a bonefree,during the colonial era waisasvika kusec sch,hw can u say u were living jail,kumusha kwenyu thus kana uinako,kwaive nezvikoro zvingani u a learned now wakukanganwa zvazuro nehope idiot

  20. rowell January 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    vamwe vakutonanzvira ropa revanhu pamaelections. Enough is enough vamakada mumadhamu makavasungirira mabwe kuti vanyure vakakwana. Remember we know everything thagt happened on the run up in 2008.

  21. General Bob January 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Pamberi neMusangano! Pamberi neIndigenisation! Pasi nemaSellout! To hell with polygamist Zuma! He must stop killing black miners in South Africa for white man’s money! Zuma whacho arikutoongwa nembhunu and now he is a saviour! Wake up Zimbabwe!

  22. Doctor gb January 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    We want peace in every walk of life . Our leaders of all parties talk about peace say no to violence . If this platform remains open to untolerable aguements then what it means is it promotes violence . We leave it to the department of information to find out who these violence promoters are and are to be brought to book . The IT people have all the means .Let us not mix politics and other things. Ngatisatukana. We do not want peuple wo disturb peace. Its better to be politically neutral to be a noise maker

  23. Ndabazezwe Viki January 3, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Well done Zuma for piling up pressure on Zimbabwean Principals.I will be glad if you remain firm on Mutambara becuse he is the one who is aiding Mugabe to stall progress on Zimbabwe’s reform agenda.It is gainst this background that Zimbabweans are called to desist from becoming unofficial political observers at the expense of political activism.People should take to the streets enmass to express their disgust over misgovernance in the country so that Mugabe cuts short his sabbatical leave and come back home as a matter of urgency.

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