Zimbabwe: Mugabe remains stumbling block in efforts to implement GPA

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
29 April 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team jetted into Harare Thursday in aother attempt to diffuse rising tension between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai.

South Africa was appointed by the SADC to facilitate the removal of obstacles which hinder the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement.

It has also emerged that the team, which consists of former South African minister Charles Nqakula, Zuma’s foreign policy advisor Lindiwe Zulu and Mac Maharaj, quietly slipped into the country two weeks ago to try to push the principals to agree on a workable solution to the stalled negotiations.

The team held separate talks with Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, but reportedly failed to secure any agreement from Mugabe on key points. Mugabe is said to have flatly refused to appoint provincial governors from the MDC formations or swear in Roy Bennett, until the targeted sanctions issue was [continue reading]

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