SADC facilitation team coming Monday

The Sadc facilitation team to the crisis in Zimbabwe will on Tuesday visit Zimbabwe to break the deadlock between the three main political parties that are part of a three-year- old coalition government.

The team is expected to be seized with the stalled constitution-making process following Zanu (PF)’s insistence to renegotiate the draft charter.

The Zanu (PF) politburo met in Harare and came up with a raft of amendments to the draft, but the two MDC formations have dug in, saying they will not go back to the drawing table.

The coalition government is supposed to draw a constitution as part of the roadmap to democratic elections, in accordance with the GPA of September 2008.

Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga, the Secretary General of the Welshman Ncube led MDC confirmed the visit of the team.

“The team will visit on Tuesday. The Inclusive Government has reached a deadlock on the constitution draft so they are going to deal with that. They are also going to come to monitor the progress made so far on resolutions made in Maputo, Mozambique, on Friday last week.

“They will come up with a roadmap and specific timelines and implementation mechanisms. As a team, they also have other issues that I am not aware of,” Misihairambwi-Mushonga said.

The issue of MDC’s erstwhile president, Arthur Mutambara who Sadc recently ruled would no longer be a principal, is not expected to feature, with Misihairambwi-Mushonga saying the matter had already been resolved.

He became a principal on the basis of his presidency of the smaller MDC but he was booted out at a congress last year.

He is however challenging his removal at the Supreme Court. It was not clear if President Jacob Zuma, the Sadc point person, would be part of the team.

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