The Herald (Harare)

Southern Africa: Nation Ready for SADC Additional Facilitation Team

Zimbabwe is ready to welcome two additional members of the Sadc technical team deployed to boost President Jacob Zuma's facilitation. The two will be seized with Jomic matters.

President Zuma's backroom facilitation team was in Harare on Wednesday and met separately with negotiators to parties in the Inclusive Government.

Zanu-PF negotiator and Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday said the Zuma team wanted to know when the technical team could be introduced to Jomic.

"They wanted us to arrange when the two additional members of the facilitation team could be introduced to the full Jomic," he said.

"We agreed that when they are ready they can come. It is not a problem from our side."

Minister Chinamasa said the team that comprises Ambassador David Katye from Tanzania and Mrs Colly Muunyu, a diplomat from Zambia was going to work with the facilitation team and not Jomic.

"They will be part of the facilitation team working with Jomic. They won't be members of Jomic, they will not sit in the Jomic meetings the same way the facilitation team doesn't sit in the Jomic meetings. If they have any concerns they will be able to talk with the Jomic co-chairpersons," said Minister Chinamasa.

He said the facilitation team composed of Mac Maharaj and Charles Ngcakula also wanted to be updated on the constitution making process.

Minister Chinamasa said together with Cde Nicholas Goche they updated president Zuma's team of the process up to the principals' last meeting on Monday. He said they informed the team about the leaner committee that was approved by the principals.

The team also met negotiators of the MDC-T, Ministers Tendai Biti (Finance) and Elton Mangoma (Energy and Power Development) before meeting MDC negotiator and Regional Integration and International Co-operation Minister Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga.

MDC leader Professor Welshman Ncube said Ms Misihairabwi told him that the team wanted to know how far the Sadc Maputo resolutions with regards to the constitution making process had been addressed.

Minister Elton Mangoma referred all questions to Minister Biti who was not reachable.

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