|Sadc summit opens in Maputo|
|Friday, 17 August 2012 01:01|
From Farai Dzirutwe in MAPUTO, Mozambique
He was met at the Maputo International Airport by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwean ambassador to Mozambique Agrippa Mutambara and Mozambican government officials.
Vice President John Landa Nkomo is the Acting President.
The summit will consider reports from the region’s hot spots such as Madagascar and the DRC.
Speaking to journalists after meeting Mr Zuma, President Mugabe said their meeting went on well, adding that he had briefed the Sadc facilitator on the GPA’s progress and the Constitution making process which had globally moved towards the making of a constitution and subsequently a referendum and elections.
Mr Zuma commended the progress in the implementation of the GPA, saying although there were some minor hitches, there had been some positive movement. He said he would brief the full Sadc summit today on the progress in Zimbabwe after reporting to the Sadc Troika yesterday on the same issue.
Mr Tsvangirai told the media after meeting Mr Zuma in Harare that the draft constitution would be revisited, as Zanu-PF was still to conclude discussions on the document.
Prior to the summit, Mr Tsvangirai visited several Sadc countries, among them Mozambique and Tanzania, in what his party called a “diplomatic offensive” to sell its position on the implementation of the GPA.
According to a programme released by the Sadc secretariat, today’s meeting will start with statements from summit host and incoming Sadc chair President Armando Guebuza.
This will be followed by maiden speeches by three new leaders in the region, President Michael Sata of Zambia, President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of Lesotho.
State banquet for Heads of State and Government in the evening.