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Zimbabwe’s Implementation Panel ‘Snubs’ SADC-Appointed Officials


Zimbabwe’s Implementation Panel ‘Snubs’ SADC-Appointed Officials

12 June 2012

Jonga Kandemiiri & Blessing Zulu | Harare, Washington

Zimbabwe’s Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee on Monday snubbed 
two members seconded by the Southern African Development Community to help 
monitor the political situation in Harare ahead of general elections at a 
date yet to be announced.

The two, Ambassador David Katye from Tanzania and Zambian national Colly 
Muunyu, were advanced to Harare following a SADC directive that troika 
members – South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania – help Harare speed-up the 
implementation of the Global Political Agreement that gave birth to the 
unity government following the bloody and disputed 2008 elections.

South Africa decided not to appoint an addition member to the team saying 
its role as facilitators was adequate.

Jomic co-chairperson Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga of the MDC formation 
of Industry Minister Welshman Ncube blamed what she called an 
“administrative hiccup” in her committee’s failure to meet the two Monday.

She added the officials came into the country at a “very short notice”. The 
officials will be formally introduced to Jomic on June 25 when the 
facilitators are expected back in Harare.

SADC resolved at a summit in Lusaka in May last year to appoint a 
three-member team to work with unity government officials in speeding up the 
implementation of outstanding GPA, including monitoring political violence.

Regional leaders at the time criticized the unity government for its slow 
progress in implementing the GPA. SADC has since held summits in Sandton, 
South Africa, and Luanda in Angola, re-affirming the Lusaka resolutions.

Zanu PF hardliners have vowed to resist the move to deploy the officials 
calling it an infringement on the country’s sovereignty.

Political analyst Earnest Mudzengi, director of the Media Centre in Harare, 
told VOA’s  Blessing Zulu the move by SADC is significant.

Meanwhile, Jomic said it is holding a crucial meeting in Harare Wednesday 
where provincial chairpersons will report back their findings and challenges 
in dealing with political violence and other issues.

Provincial inter party liaison committees, that include civic society 
representatives, traditional leaders and churches, were formed last year in 
attempt to address politically-motivated violence in the communities.

Thabitha Khumalo of the MDC formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, 
told VOA’s Jonga Kandemiiri political violence will be high on the agenda at 
the meeting.



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