Sunday, January 17, 2010

Will Zuma intervene?

Two stories

One: from the ZimbabweMail:

Johannesburg - Regional powerhouse South Africa is urging Zimbabwean leaders to resolve political tensions in time for elections expected next year in the troubled country, a spokesman for President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

In an interview, spokesman Vincent Magwenya said Zuma made that point to Zimbabwe's delegation at a mini-summit earlier in the week. It was a sign of growing impatience with the slow pace of reform since a coalition was formed nearly a year ago between President Robert Mugabe and his longtime rival Morgan Tsvangirai, who is prime minister in the unity government....
But Zuma, who took office in South Africa last year, is concerned that tensions don't undermine 2011 elections.

"The Zimbabweans have set themselves a deadline of 2011 (for a vote). On our side, that is a reasonable deadline," Magwenya said. "That's why President Zuma is quite keen to see them implementing those agreements. They now need to move quickly."

then the Zim Eye reports:

Analysis(ZimEye)A rumour has gone off in the media that South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma intends to bring an end to Zimbabwe’s government of national unity by the end of 2011.

“(Are these issues) so fundamental that we cannot move without resolving them? Can we park them and proceed?” Jacob Zuma is reported to have said in an interview with SAFM in Johannesburg, commenting on Zimbabwe’s political deadlock.... a publication alleged to be sympathetic of President Mugabe’s ZANU PF party, the Zimbabwe Guardian the reported that the same Jacob Zuma has criticised Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai stating that Tsvangirai is blocking progress in the negotiation proceedings by being too ‘rigid’.

The MDC-T lists the appointment of provincial governors and the swearing of Roy Bennett as the deputy Agricultural minister, the appointment of Attorney General Johannes Tomana and reappointment of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono as some of the thorny issues in the Global Political Agreement. ZANU PF has demanded that the MDC bring to an end what they have termed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe and certain persons. Doubts have been raised on whether the political principals and the Zimbabwe public are ready for elections. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)

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