6 March 2013

Zimbabwe: GPA Negotiators Meet Zuma's Team

Photo: Buanews
President Robert Mugabe welcomes President Jacob Zuma (file photo).

President Jacob Zuma's facilitation team on Tuesday jointly met negotiators to the Global Political Agreement to get an an update on the preparations of the constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe will hold a referendum on Saturday next week.

Zanu-PF negotiator, who is also Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa yesterday said the the facilitation team, led by President Zuma's international relations advisor Ms Lindiwe Zulu,also met Jomic co-chairpersons.

He said the team wanted to understand the steps the three political parties in the inclusive Government would take after the referendum.

"The facilitation team came yesterday and they met Jomic chairpersons before we had a bilateral meeting with them," he said.

"In our meeting they wanted to hear about the preparations for the referendum and the challenges we were facing as well as the aftermath."

Minister Chinamasa said they told the facilitation team that the preparations were going on well.

"Things are going according to plan and we told them that after the referendum we will have the Constitutional Bill being gazetted 30 days before it is taken to Parliament. From its passage through Parliament we will have the President assenting to it and then we have amendments to the Electoral Law to align it with the new constitution," he said.

"After that we can start preparing for the next stage, which are elections."

He said the team would be back in Zimbabwe next Tuesday, a few days before the referendum.

MDC negotiator Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga also confirmed the meeting.

"They wanted to see where we were in terms of referendum preparations and the political environment," she said.

"We did highlight to them last weeks' problems of political violence and the issues of appointments where we did agree."

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