South African President Jacob Zumaâ€™s facilitating team led by Lindiwe Zulu jetted into the country this afternoon.
The teamâ€™s visit is part of its ongoing process to get an update on the progress of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and the inclusive government.
A source close to the process says the team is expected to meet the negotiating teams from the parties in the inclusive government, namely Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC.
Unconfirmed reports also say that Cde Zumaâ€™s team is also expected to meet the three principals in the GPA later this week.
The visit by the team comes just one week after the extension of the illegal sanctions by the European Union.
President Jacob Zuma, who is the SADC mediator in the talks for the countryâ€™s GPA, which led to the formation of the inclusive government, has been calling for the scrapping of the illegal embargo on various international fora.
Other African countries as well as some progressive countries in the Non-Aligned Movement and the developing world have also called for the sanctionsâ€™ removal, saying they are not targeted at a few individuals but are causing untold suffering to ordinary people.
The call by Cde Zuma and other leaders in the progressive world have not been heeded.
Some analysts have described the development as a clear demonstration of unilateralism and defiance of the African voice by the European grouping.
The visit by the team also comes in the backdrop of divisions in the MDC camp, where the two professorsÂ – Arthur Mutambara and Welshman Ncube – are at each othersâ€™ throats for the presidency of their party, with some onlookers saying that the party has further split into MDC Mutambara and MDC Ncube.
Legal experts maintain that Professor Mutambara remains principal as he was constitutionally sworn-in and can only cease to be one if he voluntarily resigns.