SADC calls yet another summit on Zim crisis

2009-11-03 12:06

THE SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security is expected to

convene a special regional summit to deal with the Zimbabwe crisis in Maputo,

Mozambique, on Thursday.

Officials in Zimbabwe and Mozambique confirmed this yesterday after

the arrival of SADC (Southern African Development Community) chairperson and

president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, in Harare late on


Zimbabwe is suffering a governance crisis following the protest

disengagement from government by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai two weeks ago.

Tsvangirai and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) opposition party accuse

President Robert Mugabe of violating terms of transitional governance set by


Thursday’s summit will be another of countless such conventions and

meetings held by regional leaders in efforts to get Zimbabwean leaders to work

together in the transitional inclusive government.

Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara of a smaller faction of the

MDC and is the deputy prime minister, signed a governance pact known as the

Global Political Agreement (GPA) facilitated by SADC in September last


Bickering over the implementation of the GPA delayed the formation

of the inclusive government until another full SADC summit was called in South

Africa in January to iron out sticking issues.

The January summit came up with a communiqué agreed and signed by

all three parties and which finally led to the formation of the inclusive

government on February 13. However, the transitional government continued to be

dogged by conflicts as parties accused each other of failing to implement the

GPA and violating the agreement with impunity.

The conflict came to a head two weeks ago when Tsvangirai announced

his party had had enough of Mugabe’s “dishonesty and arrogance” and decided to

suspend its cooperation with Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party. The disengagement

represented the biggest threat to the shaky inclusive government and has jolted

SADC back to action.

A ministerial team from SADC’s organ on security was dispatched to

Zimbabwe last week to review the GPA. The team left the country on Friday and

recommended that the Zimbabwe crisis required the intervention of the organ at

the highest level.

Government leaders of Mozambique (Armando Guebuza), Swaziland (King

Mswati III) and Zambia (Rupiah Banda), who represent the organ troika on

security, are now expected to face Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara at the

special Maputo summit.

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