South African President Jacob Zuma is
scheduled to hold discussions with Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe
in the capital, Harare Thursday.
This will be Zuma's first official
state visit to neighboring Zimbabwe as president of South Africa.
recently with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and there are reports
that Washington expects President Zuma to help resolve the Zimbabwe crisis.
Tensions within the unity government have escalated after Prime Minister Morgan
Tvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change accused Mugabe's ZANU-PF party of
failing to fully implement the agreement that led to the coalition government.
Political analyst Rejoice Mbwenya said that Zimbabweans
are expressing worry about the faltering unity government.
is a wave of anticipation and optimism because it is very clear that many
analysts know that Zuma is not exactly ideologically on the same side as Robert
Mugabe. So, we always expect that he is going to say something that is likely
to accept some interests from the independent and neutral commentators,"
this month, Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai held crucial talks with
Zuma about cracks that are threatening to undermine the coalition government.
between Tsvangirai's MDC and Mugabe's ZANU-PF have recently hit a breaking
point over the control of security forces and appointments of the Reserve Bank
governor as well as the attorney general.
Mugabe has so far refused to rescind his
decision to change his choice of both the attorney general and the governor of
the Reserve Bank.
said Zimbabweans expect Zuma to discuss the sticky points in the implementation
of the agreement that created the unity government.
expect that he (Zuma) is going to raise the issue that was raised by Morgan
Tsvangirai because Zuma has also got his eyes on 2010 (SADC Chairmanship). So,
he needs to be straightforward in terms of
explaining to Mugabe that Morgan Tsvangirai had raised some issues that
might need attention," Mbwenya said.
said Zimbabweans are uncomfortable with tensions in the unity government.
lot of Zimbabweans are getting agitated now by the seemingly lack of interest
in moving forward because we all know that there are specific key indicators
that by now should have been visible," he said.
said partisans of ZANU-PF are to blame for the cracks in the unity government.
feel that Mugabe and his people are not moving fast enough. Remember that after
the death of one or two people in the ZANU-PF, the camp itself is a bit
unstable," Mbwenya said.
said despite the problems facing the unity government, Zimbabweans are hopeful
that it will succeed in resolving the economic crisis.
are high for President Zuma, who currently chairs the Southern African
Development Community (SADC), to help resolve tensions in the Zimbabwe unity