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Sadc leaders arrive in S.Africa for summit

ZIMBABWEAN and regional political leaders arrived in Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday ahead of Monday’s Extraordinary Summit on Zimbabwe which is expected to be attended by all leaders of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc).
The meeting which will be chaired by South African President and current Sadc Chair, Kgalema Motlanthe will seek to break the deadlock in the all-party power-sharing negotiations aimed at resolving the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe and his Zanu PF delegation arrived on Sunday. The delegation includes negotiators to the talks and Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche and Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities Emmerson Mnangagwa — as well as Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
The larger formation of the Movement for Democratic Change confirmed that party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, Secretary General Tendai Biti and deputy party leader Thokozani Khupe were heading to the South African capital on Sunday.

Professor Arthur Mutambara who leads the breakaway formation of the MDC, Secretary General Professor Welshman Ncube and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga were also reportedly in Pretoria.
President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, who was the first Sadc head of state to confirm his attendance to the extraordinary Summit on Monday, arrived in Prestoria yesterday.
President Rupiah Banda of Zambia and his entourage touched down at Oliver R. Tambo International Airport around 15:15 hours yesterday. He visited Zambia’s Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and that country’s Chief Whip Vernon Mwaanga who are currently receiving medical attention in South Africa, before being whisked to Sandton Southern Sun Hotel where he is lodging.
Namibian news agency, Nampa confirmed that President Hifikepunye Pohamba will definitely be attending the summit.
The Extraordinary summit follows a Sadc meeting that was held in Zimbabwe last Monday. The outcome of the meeting was inconclusive.
It was attended by President Motlanthe, his Mozambican counterpart and deputy chair of the Sadc Organ Troika and President of Mozambique Armando Emilia Guebuza and former SA President Thabo Mbeki - all of whom will be in attendance at today's summit.
The last extraordinary summit on Zimbabwe held in Sandton, South Africa on 9 November 2008, resolved that an all-inclusive Government be formed forthwith in Zimbabwe and that the Ministry of Home Affairs be co-managed between the Zanu PF and MDC-T.
The regional leaders recommended that the efficacy of the above arrangement be reviewed after six months by the Parties with the assistance of the guarantors, Sadc, AU and the Facilitator and that to give effect to these decisions and the provisions of the Global Political Agreement, the Parties must, without any further delay, introduce the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 19.
Zanu PF hopes that Sadc will not veer from this position and has indicated that it will not agree to any more concessions.
The MDC party refused to join the all-inclusive Government saying two issues remained unresolved.
Tsvangirai said the crucial issues were the equitable allocation of cabinet positions and provincial governorships, and the release of opposition supporters and human rights activists who are remanded in custody pending court hearing on allegations of training militias to topple the Government of President Mugabe.
The Zanu PF party argues that outstanding issues raised by MDC-T should be dealt with after an all-inclusive Government is formed.
Regional leaders see the unity agreement signed by the main parties on September 15, 2008 as the best chance to resolve the crises in the country.


Meanwhile, the Danish Government has expressed support for the latest effort by Sadc to resolve the Zimbabwean crisis.
Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller said an African solution must be found to the economic, political and social crisis in Zimbabwe.
It is an African problem and we hope that there will be an African solution," the minister said at the Union Buildings in South Africa on Friday where he held meetings with his South African counterpart, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.
"We know of the Southern African Development Community [SADC] meeting on Monday and we hope that SADC will use its influence to make sure a solution to the political impasse is found," he said.
Dr Zuma said Monday’s extraordinary Sadc summit will only facilitate the process necessary to end the crisis in Zimbabwe. She explained that it was unfortunately not entirely in the hands of Sadc, but with the three leaders of the main parties in Zimbabwe.

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