Zuma sends envoy to kick start mediation in Zimbabwe – again

source: SW Radio Africa
By Lance Guma
28 July 2010

South African President Jacob Zuma dispatched one of his top envoys to Zimbabwe, in yet another attempt to try to kick start power sharing talks that are gridlocked over various violations of the GPA by ZANU PF.

Former Transport Minister Mac Maharaj arrived on Tuesday and was expected to meet separately with the three party principals, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and Robert Mugabe. Officials as usual were very coy about releasing any information to the media.

Suggestions that Maharaj would also meet inter-party negotiators were dismissed as wide of the mark by some senior MDC officials. One official also told us Maharaj, as a facilitator in the talks, had no mandate to meet all three principals at once and that the only person who could do this was the chief facilitator Jacob Zuma. The mission to Harare by Maharaj is being viewed as laying the ground-work for a [continue reading]

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