Monday, June 17, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) Sadc upholds Zimbabwe constitutional court ruling
This article was written by Our reporter on 16 June, at 00 : 12 AM

The regional economic and political bloc, the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Special Summit on Zimbabwe has ended in Maputo, Mozambique, this Saturday evening.

Sadc leaders at the summit resolved not to interfere with the Constitutional Court ruling which declared that harmonised elections should be held not later that the 31st of July.

The regional body accepted that the Constitutional Court ruling is binding.

“The summit acknowledged the ruling of the constitutional court on the election date and it will be respected,” Tomaz Salomao, Secretary General of Sadc, said after the one-day meeting.

“It also agreed on the need for Zimbabwe to engage the Constitutional Court to seek more time beyond July 31,” added Salomao.

The official communique has not yet been formally released. No confirmation was immediately available from the secretariat of Sadc, but it is expected on Sunday (today).

The internet has been awash with unofficial ‘wishlists’ which have been passed off as Sadc communiques.

The special summit was attended by Sadc heads of states including President Robert Mugabe, leaders of the MDC formations, and leaders of non-governmental organisations.

Speaking to journalists in Maputo soon after the summit ended, President Robert Mugabe said his partners in the inclusive Government are afraid of elections and fear defeat, hence the move to try and delay the elections under the guise of the so-called reforms.

MDC-T party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, wants elections to be carried out in September.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe has arrived back home from Mozambique this Saturday evening.

He was welcomed at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru and several senior government officials.
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