mr rupiah banda will chair the sadc troika summit.jpgZanu PF will stand by the spirit and letter of the Global Political Agreement as the only roadmap to hold elections after the completion of the constitutional exercise this year, despite efforts by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai to mislead the SADC Troika Summit in Zambia to believe that the situation in Zimbabwe is not conducive for holding elections.

This was revealed by sources close to the summit being held in Zambia.

As the SADC Troika Summit on Politics, Defence and Security Organ gets underway in Livingstone, Zambia, Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defences Forces, President Robert Mugabe, has held a meeting with Chairperson of SADC Troika Summit President Rupiah Banda of Zambia, to give him a clear picture of the situation in Zimbabwe ahead of the meeting.

Sources close to the meeting said although the Troika is expected to look into the political situation in Zimbabwe in relation to the holding of elections, Zanu PF negotiators will maintain the party’s position in line with the GPA stipulations to hold elections this year.

The sources noted that claims by Mr. Tsvangirai that all is not well in Zimbabwe are far-fetched as he has failed to substantiate them, adding that his utterances will not stop the country from going to elections this year.

Mr. Tsvangirai, in his desperate attempts to influence regional leaders ahead of the SADC Troika, has sought to smuggle his party’s agenda to postpone elections this year by trying to raise alarm that the situation in Zimbabwe is deteriorating.

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

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and MDC party principal, Professor Arthur Mutambara have already arrived in Zambia for the crucial summit, while MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai and Mozambican President Armando Gebuza are expected to join other leaders at the summit.

While Madagascar did not confirm whether it will attend, sources said a report on the political situation in that country will be tabled for discussion during the Troika Summit.

President Mugabe is leading a high powered delegation comprising Zanu Pf chief negotiators, Cdes Patrick Chinamasa, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Nicholas Goche, while MDC-T chief negotiator Mr. Tendai Biti is expected to be joined by Mr. Tsvangirai.

The third principal to the GPA, Professor Arthur Mutambara, will likely battle it out alone at the summit MDC negotiators Professor Welsham Ncube and Priscilla Misihairabwi are likely to abscond following in-house squabbles in the party.