Uncertainty over Zuma’s meeting in Zim stalemate

2009-08-28 15:57

A meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Zimbabwe’s three political

principals broke off after two hours in apparent deadlock over the contentious

outstanding issues in the inclusive government’s Global Political Agreement


None of the parties to the meeting said anything to the hordes of journalists

that had waited since early morning for the outcome of the meeting.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara

emerged from the meeting before Zuma and Mugabe.

“Go and talk to President Zuma,” said Tsvangirai to journalists that had

mobbed him.

Presidents Zuma and Mugabe came out 10 minutes later at 11:45am and drove off

in Mugabe’s limousine without saying anything.

Sources said Zuma had failed to dislodge the wedge between Mugabe and his two

partners in the inclusive government.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson James Maridadi, however, told City Press the

meeting between the four leaders did not discuss anything that could result in a


“Nothing out of their meeting could be called a deadlock. The meeting was

basically to appraise Zuma on the progress of the inclusive government and not

to wrangle over any particular issue,” said Maridadi.

He said Zuma would issue a statement later in the day.

At the time of writing Zuma and Mugabe were at the Showgrounds where the

South African president was expected to officially open the annual agricultural


Sources close to the programme said Zuma was likely to return to the Rainbow

Hotel, where he was staying and venue of the morning discussions to resume talks

with the Zimbabwean leaders.

He would address a press conference before he flew back to South Africa.

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