president mugabe leaves for zambia.jpgThe Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has arrived in Zambia for the SADC Troika Summit, which is expected to review the political and security situation in the region.


He was met by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Lovemore Mazemo and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joey Bimha.


Cde Mugabe is accompanied by Defence Minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa; Minister of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Nicholas Goche; Foreign Affairs Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi; Justice and Legal Affairs Minister, Patrick Chinamasa; MDC-T negotiator in the Global Political Agreement, Tendai Biti and other senior government officials.


He left Harare International Airport on Wednesday evening where he was seen off by Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Webster Shamu, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, service chiefs and top government officials.


His delegation joins other leaders in Livingstone, Zambia, for the Troika Summit, which is expected to deliberate on the status of ratification and accession to the protocols related to the organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and also receive reports on the political and security situation in the region.


The Troika Summit will also review progress made in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe.


In November last year, the regional body held an Extra-Ordinary Summit in Botswana and hailed the political situation in Zimbabwe since the inception of the inclusive government and reiterated the urgent need to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe by the western countries.


However, a special summit on Zimbabwe could not take place in Botswana as the leaders of the SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security were not all present.


Despite the confusion that has rocked the MDC-T camp on elections, President Mugabe has since indicated that elections will be held upon the completion of the constitutional exercise this year.


As Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections according to the GPA stipulations, SADC as the guarantor of GPA is also expected to deliberate on the issue.


The Troika Summit takes place within the context of consolidating the African Agenda, deepening the regional integration efforts and strengthening the regional governance structures of the SADC.


However, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in his desperate attempt to influence other regional leaders ahead of the crucial summit, has sought to smuggle his party’s agenda by raising alarm that the situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating.


The Troika Summit will be preceded by the Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security which discussed the political and security situation in the region, debate on matters relating to the consolidation of democracy in the region and considering issues pertaining to the development of SADC’s capacity for mediation, conflict prevention and preventative diplomacy.


The summit will be attended by the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, South African President Jacob Zuma and President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique.


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his delegation are also expected to attend the summit.


Meanwhile, Vice President Joice Mujuru is the Acting President.