With the falling out between the GPA parties over the constitution now official, lobbying of SADC takes on a higher significance.
Not that the SADC leaders need convincing, as they have already reaffirmed their position at the Maputo Summit. It now remains to be seen whether Zanu (PF) will defy them, and whether there will be any consequences.
Messages overwhelm a demonstrator at the Mozambican Embassy in Washington DC. The new SADC chairman Guebuza must be revising his notes on Zimbabwe. more pics
The MDC has repeatedly called on the SADC leaders to give Mugabe clear ultimatums, but in their diplomatic dealings with Mugabe SADC seem to have given him too much room.
Now he is renouncing a process which SADC has invested in for the last three years and threatening to hold elections under the discredited constitution that allowed Mugabe to be a player and a referee in the electoral process.
Zimbabweans in diaspora have urged incoming SADC chairman, President Armando Guebuza, of Mozambique to instill a sense of urgency in SADC's dealing with the dangerous situation in Zimbabwe in the run-up to next year’s crucial elections.
Members of the 21st Movement Free Zimbabwe Global Protest delivered petitions to Mozambican Embassies in London and Washington D.C., and others yet to report, in which they urge him to give priority to dealing the Zimbabwean crisis which seems to continue dragging on and on.
But they also expressed their frustration with seemingly little evidence of urgency in the Maputo Summit resolutions, particularly on the aspect of preparing the ground for a free and fair election.
"We are unhappy that President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) party is still being allowed to put obstacles in the way of any reforms. We draw your attention to the remarks made by the Africa Director of Human Right Watch, Daniel Bekele, who said, ‘SADC leaders need to maintain pressure on ZANU-PF to honour its commitment to reform. They should make it clear that there will be consequences if ZANU-PF fails to adhere to the terms of the election road map and the GPA.’
They diaspora activists also said they believed that SADC should now insist that Zanu (PF) immediately end its refusal to the appointment of SADC representatives to the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), which was agreed upon at the Livingstone Troika Summit and reaffirmed at the Luanda Troika Summit.
They reminded President Guebuza that SADC, as the guarantor of Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement (GPA), had a fiduciary responsibility to the people of Zimbabwe of ensuring that the reforms agreed to in the GPA are fully implemented and that there is a clear roadmap to free, fair and indisputable elections in Zimbabwe.
Like the MDC, they also expressed confidence in the facilitator, President Jacob Jacob Zuma, saying they were encouraged by his work in his mediation capacity and as Chairman of both SADC and the Troika.
In London they demonstrated outside the Mozambique High Commission in London and the petition was handed over to a Mozambique official by nine-year-old Leslie Nkanyezi, representing the group of demonstrators from the MDC, the Zimbabwe Vigil, ROHR and the Zimbabwe We Can (ZWC) Movement.
Leslie was accompanied by a small delegation including Tonderai Samanyanga, Chair of MDC UK, Nobuhle Mazula of ZWC and Linnet Moyo of the Zimbabwe Vigil. They explain that they had no complaint against Mozambique, with Samanyanga, saying that what they wanted was the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement.
Samanyanga also noted that Zanu PF was deliberately attempting to derail the process and SADC needed to make sure they kept to the road map.
David Kadzutu of the MDC and ZWC brought with him a large and colourful banner reading ‘President Armando Emílio Guebuza respect the GPA, GNU to mix with others calling for SADC To Save Zimbabwe, calling Fair Elections, Rule of Law in Zimbabwe, and calling for an End To Election Violence, Democracy in Zimbabwe a dream deferred by Zanu PF schemes, No to Zanu PF Mafia-organised terrorism to Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans etc. Outside the Mozambican Embassy in London at the weekend More pictures.