Diplomatic sources say the fact that the Livingstone report was not endorsed at the recent SADC Summit in South Africa is clear that its contents were full of grey areas, which were not even consistent with the Global Political Agreement.
One of the diplomatic sources close to South African President Jacob Zuma revealed that the SADC block has finally taken a position against western machinations after refusing to endorse the Livingstone meeting that gave a false impression that things are not well in Zimbabwe.
The Livingstone report was based on MDC-T leader, Mr Morgan Tsvangiraiâ€™s so called diplomatic offensive in which he portrayed a negative picture about Zimbabwe in his attempt to smuggle new issues on the negotiating table as a way to delay elections, which Zanu PF insist should be held this year.
Zanu PF has already dismissed the Livingstone report as fictitious and full of inaccuracies while SADC has also noted the inaccuracies contained in the same report and did not endorse it at the just ended SADC summit in South Africa.
A diplomatic source close to the discussion held by President Zuma and Cde Mugabe in Pretoria said SADC leaders have closed ranks with President Mugabe and will not brook any western machinations of using some internal forces to divide the bloc as what transpired in Livingstone.
The source revealed that even Lindiwe Zulu has finally come out clear, saying issues to deal with security reforms in Zimbabwe and SADC is a sensitive one.
The diplomatic source said what SADC leaders are now advocating for is a speedy implementation of the election roadmap in line with the GPA.
Another diplomatic source in Sandton, South Africa said President Zumaâ€™s meeting with Cde Mugabe was crucial as it resolved that SADC should resort to its founding principles that African problems need African solutions.