Zuma appoints new team to monitor Zim unity accord

2009-11-26 10:09

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday appointed a new team to monitor

Zimbabwe’s troubled unity government accord, ending former president Thabo

Mbeki’s mediation role, his office said.

“As part of the evaluation process, the facilitation team will be

visiting Zimbabwe at a date to be announced,” said presidential spokesperson

Vincent Magwenya.

“Former president Thabo Mbeki’s role was in the context of him

being the head of state,” Magwenya told AFP.

Mbeki, who stepped down as president in September 2008, led a team

of mediators which brokered the power-sharing deal signed by President Robert

Mugabe and his long-term rival Morgan Tsvangirai who became prime


The unity government, formed in February this year, has been

fraught with power struggles, which saw Tsvangirai boycott it for three weeks in


The stand-off was later resolved by regional leaders at a special

summit in Mozambique.

“The facilitation team will soon engage with the parties as

emissaries of the president, and report back to him,” said the statement.

The team consists of former cabinet ministers Charles Nqakula, Mac

Maharaj and Zuma’s international relations adviser Lindiwe Zulu.

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