SADC to intervene over deadlock in draft charter

The chairperson of the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, could be joining SADC’s chief mediator, President Zuma, on the Zim crisis in the next few weeks.

Jakaya Kikwete
Jakaya Kikwete

According to MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, SADC leaders at the Maputo summit two weeks ago agreed Zuma and Kikwete would get involved in the event of a deadlock.

“They could be coming soon because we have formally declared a deadlock and in terms of the SADC resolution from Maputo, SADC must intervene if there is a deadlock,” Mwonzora told SW Radio Africa. He added that there is urgency because the country must hold elections in the coming year.

President Zuma’s team returned to South Africa Wednesday after two days of separate and joint meetings with negotiators from Zimbabwe’s warring political parties. ZANU PF’s demands for an amended draft charter had been rejected by both MDC formations.

The MDC-T spokesperson said ZANU-PF had made 266 changes to the draft charter and this was not acceptable. “Mugabe is trying to interfere with a parliamentary process that was conducted by a select committee. That is the executive interfering with parliament,” Mwonzora explained.

Meanwhile MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai launched a campaign for a “yes” vote on the COPAC draft of the constitution. Addressing civil society groups at the launch on Thursday, Tsvangirai said his party would campaign for a “Yes” vote without being “ashamed”. The theme for the campaign is “My Vote is My Voice and My Vote is Yes”.

The MDC-T leader hinted that he had been willing to renegotiate a couple of issues in the draft charter with ZANU PF, saying: “If SADC says talk about one or two issues yes, but to reopen the whole debate now is like opening a floodgate, you will never know when to stop.”

Tsvangirai also vowed that his party will not be rushed into an election that is not free and fair. He accused ZANU PF of “dragging its feet” and insisted he would not abandon the roadmap towards elections, which was facilitated by SADC leaders. SW Radio Africa

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