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Principals to deliberate on GPA report

It has been revealed that the report was handed in last December but President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy, Arthur Mutambara are yet to meet over the report.

The same report has also been handed to the facilitator, South African leader, President Jacob Zuma.
But it was not immediately clear whether Zuma will be present during the meeting with the principals or would wait for a report from them.

“We came up with issues that have not been implemented and the implementation mechanisms,” Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, who negotiates on behalf of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, said.

She said the report tackled the outstanding issues, which have so far stalled the inclusive government, which celebrates its third anniversary in a month.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s counterpart from the MDC-T, Elton Mangoma, however declined to confirm the submission of the report, saying he did not comment on such things.

The principals have so far failed to meet because of the holidays, with Mugabe and Tsvangirai being away from the country at different times.
However, a source close to the discussions said the report was going to provide the latest avenue for contestation between Zanu PF and the two MDCs.

“The outstanding issues have been on the table for quite a while and I doubt that there’s going to be any movement in that regard,” the insider said.
Chief among the main issues was a roadmap to elections, which Zanu PF seems reluctant to adopt, while the other parties are pushing for it.

Zanu PF, the insider said, was also insisting that sanctions be among the outstanding issues and this was likely to be another sticking point.

Another point in contention is that Zanu PF had indicated that it was getting weary of the negotiations and wanted an end to them, while insisting on holding elections.

Misihairabwi-Mushonga declined to provide details of the report, although she said the way forward would be clearer after the principals met.
Efforts to get  a comment from Zanu PF negotiator Patrick Chinamasa were fruitless.

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