Zanu PF boycotts Mbeki mediation (09-09-07)

A ZANU PF delegation engaged in the mediation talks being spearheaded by South African President Thabo Mbeki to resolve the country's eight-year-old economic and political crisis reportedly boycotted the talks, which had been planned at the weekend in South Africa.


sources disclosed yesterday that the ZANU PF duo of Justice Minister Patrick Minister and Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche did not travel to Pretoria for the talks with Tendai Biti, the secretary-general of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by founding President Morgan Tsvangirai and Welshman Ncube, the secretary-general of the Arthur Mutambara-led faction, which were scheduled to end early this week. Mbeki’s mediation team is headed by his Local Government minister Sydney Mufamadi.

This is the third time that the ZANU PF negotiating team has snubbed the mediation efforts. Last month the ruling party’s negotiating team failed to attend the opening session of the dialogue after the team asked for more time to write its position paper which was later submitted to Mbeki’s team last month.

The Zanu PF team had also failed to make it for talks because Goche was in Geneva attending an International Labour Organisation conference, which ended last month

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