Zimbabwe: Glimmer of Hope As Reluctant Mbeki Returns

source: allAfrica
The Nation (Nairobi)
5 October 2008
Kitsepile Nyathi and Agencies

When Zimbabwe’s political rivals signed an historic power sharing agreement almost a month ago at a glitzy ceremony, former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki joked that he did not want to return to Zimbabwe again.

Praising him as a tough and intelligent negotiator, President Robert Mugabe had made a promise that the new government would be set up without any hurdles because what he considered to be the most difficult part had been overcome.

This was after Mr Mbeki spent a tortuous seven weeks mediating in talks between the ruling Zanu PF and the two factions of the Movement for Democratic Change to form a unity government.

The agreement was hailed as a diplomatic victory for a man who was vilified for his so-called quite diplomacy on [continue reading]

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