president zuma and president mugabe 26.jpgThe SADC-appointed mediator and South African President, Jacob Zuma has arrived in the country for consultations with the three principals to the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

 

Cde Zuma was met at the Harare International Airport by Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, cabinet ministers, Cdes Nicholas Goche, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Sydney Sekeramayi, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara and ambassadors from SADC and Lybia.

Cde Zuma is expected to meet the three principals to the GPA separately before convening a joint meeting to review progress made by the inclusive government.

A SADC Troika meeting which was supposed to discuss the progress and challenges of the inclusive government in Gaborone, Botswana failed to take place last Saturday due to the absence of Chairman of the Troika, Zambian President Rupia Banda and the Vice Chairman, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza.

 

The meeting had been called by the MDC-T which has been protesting the re-appointment of governors and judges and the re-deployment of 6 ambassadors by President Mugabe.

 

Legal experts, however say it is within the President’s constitutional powers to re-assign ambassadors and reappoint governors.

 
Meanwhile, Cde Zuma has held meetings with the principals.

Cde Zuma first held one–on–one meetings with the principals before convening a combined meeting for the 3 of them.

Details of the meeting which has ended have not yet been disclosed.