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Zimbabwe Unity Government Leaders Disagree on Role of SADC Delegates

President Mugabe says the three SADC delegates will work with mediator Jacob Zuma, the South African president, but Prime Minister Tsvangirai said they will bolster the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai are once again at odds - this time over the role of three officials seconded by the Southern Africa Development Community to bolster those seeking a resolution to the perennial crisis.

President Mugabe insisted the three delegates of the SADC troika on politics, defense and security will be working with SADC mediator and South African President Jacob Zuma. But Prime Minister Tsvangirai told supporters on Sunday that the SADC delegates will be working with the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee charged with measuring compliance with the 2008 Global Political Agreement for power sharing.

The communique from the recent SADC summit in Luanda, Angola, said the Southern African leaders re-affirmed a decision taken at a previous summit in June in Johannesburg urging the troika to name a three-person delegation to bolster Zuma’s facilitation team and work with JOMIC to check implementation of the GPA.

Political analyst Charles Mutasa told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that there will always be conflicting positions from the two leaders.