Sadc calls for urgent movement on Zim

THE Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) has urged Zimbabwe’s political leaders to speed up the completion of the stalled constitution-making process and to implement in full the Global Political Agreement, to enable the country to hold credible elections.

Report by Feluna Nleya Staff Reporter

In a communiqué made available to NewsDay yesterday following last week’s summit of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation held in Tanzania, the regional body pressed parties in the inclusive government to conclude the drafting of a new governance charter to create conducive conditions for holding acceptable elections.

“The summit urged the political stakeholders in Zimbabwe to expedite the finalisation of the constitutional-making process on the outstanding issues in order to pave the way for peaceful, credible, free and fair elections in the country,” reads the communiqué.

The two-day Sadc Troika Summit was chaired by Tanzanian leader Jakaya Kikwete and was attended by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, South African President Jacob Zuma — also the Sadc facilitator for Zimbabwe — and the regional bloc’s executive secretary Tomaz Salomão. Zanu PF and the two MDCs in the inclusive government are failing to agree on some provisions in the new draft constitution which should be subjected to a referendum before the holding of elections.

Sadc leaders urged Zuma to continue engaging with the political party leaders for them to fully implement the power sharing agreement signed in 2008 and end the country’s political and economic crises.

Apart from Zimbabwe, the regional leaders considered the political and security situation in the region, in particular the latest developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.

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  1. We all know zanupf does not want the new constitution neither do they want sanctions removed that is why they always work contrary to norms so that sanctions remain and there is a deadlock on cnstitution. They are benefitting from this. As part of Zimbabwe myself, if it can be then let us have an independent board to restart the whole cnstitutional outreach programme now and then we have an independent constitution, not a zanupf, mdc constitution which is being disputed now. We have the time, we can do with this stupid GNU for now its ok to us.

    1. wamuromo u seem to contradict yoself first u said zanu does not want a new constitution now u say u want an independent constitution thats neither zanu nor mdc. for yo record the stupid gnu cooled down an otherwise explosive situation. yo icon america was right at the bostwana boarder with war ships and arsenals pointing to harare and i doubt if they were going to spare yo life. i urge u to start seing zim as yo country and the country fo yo future siblings. lets save it now and avoid hate, it can start with u. please dont be like muguyo, who sold out just for the dollar and international awards. lets love zim and help bring a hate,violent free and God fearing generation

      1. If you cannot say anything truthful and useful, shut up!
        There are no US forces in Botswana ready to come over here… Lies
        How can you tell people to love Zimbabwe when the rulers have over the last 32 years killed
        thousands of innocent Zimbabweans;
        Because they are from a different tribe
        Confiscated their possessions, that they have worked generations for;
        Destroyed their homes
        Destroyed the business environment, so people have no jobs;
        Kill people for their political believes
        The most racist government this country has ever seen.
        Enact legislation to legally take controll over busineses, which because of that will end up derelict as well,
        The list of their greed, selfishness and indiscretion is endless.
        There is just a chance that you may be a beneficiary of the Zanu ripoff system as well.

  2. SADC is fed up with us. When are we going to get our act together!!! A lack of leadership by Zanu got us in this position, where a regional body has to superitend over our affairs. Pousturing and wrong policy directions unfortunately will continue to be taken.And then there is The Flip flopper in chief Morgan waiting, the omens bode ill for Zimbabwe, but there is a way. Lets vote with our heads not hearts. Robert failed, Morgan fell before the line. Maybe Welshman can do it.

  3. Wamaromo is right. People took Madhuku for a fool when he suggested that the constitution issue should be handled by Civic organisations. The reason being that politicians will never agree on a number of issues because of ideological differences as well as protecting their interests and not the interests of the civilians. I KNEW MADHUKU WAS RIGHT

  4. One thing I am sure of is that most of the Tswangirayi supporters will soon be crying, eating humble pie for rejoicing the exclusion of Welshman Ncube from the finalisation of this constitution.

    Remember Tswangirayi is one against two men, Mutambara and Mugabe in those so-called Principals meetings and we all know Mutambara supports Robert Mugabe.

    As sure as the sun rises from the east and sets in the west, he will be cornerd to agree on many of those clauses Gukurahundi ZANU PF is foistering on the COPAC negotiators – just wait and see!!

  5. Guys direct blame to where it fits. Who is pressing for a negotiated constitution? What’s the logic of the outreach excercise. Why does it seem there is someone draging feet and worse, developing feet of clay when we say ‘let’s take the Copac draft to a -wholesale’ People have the last word. What’s the noise! zanpf, mdcs have no constitutional mandate to impose additional clauses to the draft.I hope SADC sees it that way.

    1. The GNU Principals should move with speed to resolve the issue of the new constitution. After all it will show political maturity if common ground is found to iron out the areas of disagreement and move the country forward by having free, credible elections this year where the winner is congratulated and the loser concedes defeat. Time is not on our side why not just simply go for the referrendum and have a final say from the people for whom this charter is crafted to govern.

  6. Slowly but surely everybody is will soon accept that the Dr of Constitutions, Dr Madhuku was right all along.

    Madhuku, I say form a political party – you have proved yourself my man. You are farsighted – you indeed have foresight. This GPA thing is going nowhere, with Gukurahundi Mugabe at the helm!!

  7. Simbarashe Dziruni

    This constitution is doomed to fail from the onset because it is political driven by very divergent parties. People’s views will definitely be ignored in favour of political slogans. ZANU PF has high-jack our project. Tsvangirai only wants the process done with then elections held with hope that he will ascend to the throne.MDC sell-out. (Sadc) we the people of Zimbabwe we need people driven constitution. This political driven process it substitute the will of the people with their criminal legislation aimed at plundering the country further.

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