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  • The Right Hon Prime Minister Tsvangirai address to the SADC Extra-ordinary summit, Maputo, Mozambique
    Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
    June 15, 2013

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    Your Majesty, King Mswati
    Your Excellences

    Your Excellency President Guebuza, let me on behalf of my delegation express my profound gratitude to the wonderful manner in which we have been received and the warm hospitality which the people of Mozambique have showed from the day we arrived. Let me also appreciate and thank all of you for your continued real interest and stewardship of the Zimbabwe crisis notwithstanding your busy schedules in your own countries.

    I know that the people of Zimbabwe appreciate this great spirit of Pan African solidarity.

    Your Majesty, Your excellences, you have been vested with the Zimbabwean matter since your historic summit in Dar Es Salam. Since then we have traveled from Pretoria, Sandton, Mulungushi, Cape Town, Kinshasa, Windhoek, Livingstone, Luanda, Maputo, and in all these meetings you have been very clear on the following:

    1. The need to create conditions for a free, fair, credible, legitimate election in Zimbabwe in which the people of Zimbabwe are free to elect a government of their choice;

    2.In particular the summit in Luanda urged the parties to create a road map that sets out the relevant signposts and time frames that will lead to the above free and fair election

    3. The need for Zimbabwe to pursue sustainable economic recovery and indeed the ending of all sanctions on Zimbabwe

    4.the need and obligation to find a lasting solution to the Zimbabwean situation that will allow Zimbabwe to take its place in SADC, the African Union and the rest of the international community.

    Mr. Chairman, your Excellences, it was through your committed stewardship that we signed the GPA on 15 September 2008.

    When we signed up to this agreement, we made a declaration of commitment to work together in an inclusive and consultative manner in order to resolve once and for all the Zimbabwe crisis.

    Your Majesty, your Excellences, in the last four years of our government, we have no doubt demonstrated our bona fide commitment to the GPA and to the cause of making the agreement functional to the best of our abilities.

    I, as Prime Minister, left no stone unturned to ensure that the government was functional and that everyone fulfilled their obligations under the GPA.

    Sadly, Mr. Chairman, the last four years have been a painful transition characterized by the absence of a genuine partner to the cause, a period which saw unilateral decisions being made, agreements not being fulfilled, U-turns on agreed positions and at all material times constant and vicious media attacks on my person, my government Ministers and my party.

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