Sadc recommits itself to ending Zim political crisis

HARARE - Regional body Sadc has recommitted itself to helping Zimbabwe come up with a credible constitution, followed by free and fair elections.

In a communiqué issued yesterday after the Maputo Summit, Sadc said credible elections will enable Zimbabwe to achieve stability and progress.

“Sadc commits itself to assist the parties in every way possible as the guarantor of the GPA, to reach a position where a credible election enables Zimbabwe to set out on the road to stability and progress.

“If there are any difficulties with regards to the constitution and implementation of agreements the facilitator is called upon to engage with the parties and assist them resolve such issues, bearing in mind the time frames and the necessity to hold free and fair elections,” part of the resolutions said.

Meanwhile, Sadc delivered the proverbial sucker punch on Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara after it resolved that he is no longer a principal to the Global political Agreement (GPA).

The communiqué which confirmed Mutambara’s virtual demise partly reads: “The facilitator and the chair of the Troika must engage on the Zimbabwe issues with the three political parties to the GPA through their presidents and Principals, namely President Robert Mugabe, (Zanu PF), Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (mainstream MDC ) and Professor Welshman Ncube (MDC),” reads Resolution Eight."

This all but heralds the end for the former student leader’s short but controversial stint as Principal in the inclusive government.

Mutambara rose to his current government position on the strength of his position as the smaller MDC faction’s president.

MDC official Priscilla Masiharaibwi-Mushonga said Sadc resolutions have confirmed who the legitimate leader of the smaller MDC faction is.

She said Mutambara will no longer be invited to Sadc meetings.

“The resolution has finally put to rest the question of the leadership of the MDC within the context of Sadc. It means that Mutambara can now only attend Sadc summits or meetings as part of Zanu PF considering Mugabe's spirited but ultimately failed defence of the position of Mutambara as a Principal,” Masiharaibwi said.

This comes barely a day after Mutambara launched volleys of tirades against Zuma during the Sadc Troika meeting on Friday.

The former student leader accused Zuma of violating Zimbabwe’s Constitution following his snub in Harare after Zuma’s whistle-stop visit.

Mutambara lost the leadership of the MDC last year to Ncube.

Efforts to get legal recourse hit a brick wall as he has lost two High Court cases.

Currently he has a pending Supreme Court appeal against both judgments.

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