Guebuza insists Zim on SADC agenda

Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza, says Zimbabwe will be discussed at tomorrow’s SADC Heads of State summit in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza
Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza

That is contrary to what Tankie Mothae, the SADC Director for the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Corporation, told journalists earlier in the week when he strongly denied that the issue of Zimbabwe and particularly the country’s disputed elections would be discussed by the heads of State from the region.

Mothae indicated that SADC “was very happy on how the elections were held in Zimbabwe” and that “this time the situation was very good and different from last elections”.

However, Guebuza who is the outgoing Chairperson for the SADC bloc, today insisted that Zimbabwe would be discussed even if it was not on the agenda.

He was speaking to journalists moments after touching down at Kamuzu International Airport here in Lilongwe. “We understand the issue of Zimbabwe is not on the agenda but the general feeling, and how I see it, is that the matter will be discussed.

Yes, I think we will discuss the issue of the country and its elections,” said Guebuza before being whisked away by protocol officers to a parade where he inspected a guard of honor mounted by Malawi’s Defence Forces.

In another turn, SADC Executive Secretary, Tomaz Salomao, also hinted that Zimbabwe would be discussed, adding it would be in the interest of promoting development in Zimbabwe.

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