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Facilitators meet principals over talks

SOUTH African facilitators in Zimbabwe’s inter-party negotiations to resolve outstanding issues in the Global Political Agreement yesterday met the three leaders of the parties in the inclusive government in Harare to pressure them to finalise remaining issues.

The envoys of South African President Jacob Zuma, who is the Sadc facilitator in the talks, met President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara over the final report of the talks presented to them by negotiators recently.

Informed sources close to the talks said Zuma’s emissaries, Charles Nqakula, Mac Maharaj and Lindiwe Zulu, want the principals to meet over the report and clear issues which have been referred to them by negotiators. Zulu confirmed facilitators met the principals.

A recent talks report by negotiators, Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche (Zanu PF), Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma (MDC-T) and Welshman  Ncube and Priscillah Misihairabwi-Mushonga (MDC-M), says while a lot of issues were agreed to, there was a also a series of issues which had not been resolved and were referred to the principals.

The report shows that there was a deadlock on the swearing-in of MDC Deputy Agriculture minister-designate Roy Bennett, the appointment of Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, allocations and ministerial mandates.

Some of the issue left hanging also include installation of provincial governors, transport arrangements for Tsvangirai, communication between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, regularisation of Tsvangirai’s staff, parallel government, national heroes, national security issues, the role of Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba and compensation of commercial farmers.

These issues were referred to principals.

Negotiators agreed upon a raft of issues on the talks agenda including electoral law reforms.

They agreed on sanctions, pirate radio stations, hate speech, bias in the media, rule of law and state organs and institutions, land issues, electoral vacancies, cabinet and council of ministers rules, staff and security of principals, security of deputy prime ministers, security of ministers, external interference, National Economic Council, and constitutional commissions.

They also agreed on national heroes, respect of national institutions and events, constitutional amendment Number 19, ambassadors, freedoms of assembly and association, funding of NGOs, Multi-Trust Donor Fund, humanitarian food assistance, selective funding of ministries by donors, reform of the public media and Tsvangirai’s budget.  — Staff Writer.

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