rugare gumbo 01-03-2011.jpgZanu PF Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Rugare Gumbo says the outcome of the Extraordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government held in South Africa was positive and successful.

In a press statement released this Tuesday afternoon, Cde Gumbo said the Summit highlighted and embraced most of the major issues which where of concern to Zanu PF as a party.

He said the party’s call for the immediate removal of the illegal economic sanctions by western countries was covered in clause 31 of the Communiqué.

Cde Gumbo also said Zanu PF called for adherence to the GPA, specifically to the life span of the Inclusive Government, constitution making process, the referendum and the subsequent holding of harmonised elections this year.

“The Summit confirmed our position on the need to move faster with the implementation of the GPA which the party has called for,” said Cde Gumbo.

He further said Zanu PF welcomes the decision by the Summit not to endorse the Livingstone Troika Communiqué which it only noted in passing.

Cde Gumbo said: “Contrary to what the MDC formations and the private media would like people to believe, the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments held in South Africa threw the Livingstone Troika Communiqué into the dustbin and at the same time refused to entertain issues outside the GPA.”

He commended the Zanu PF delegation to the SADC Summit for clarifying the issues in the country to the world and for clearly articulating the party’s position and strategic direction.  

Zanu PF says the deliberate misinformation and distortion of the SADC Summit Communiqué by the western-sponsored MDC formations and the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is intended to confuse the people of Zimbabwe.

However, Cde Gumbo said such tactics will not alter the true position of the Summit.