HARARE – Botswana President Ian Khama has called for a SADC regional summit to review Zimbabwe’s election road-map.
Zimbabwe is expected to go to polls later this year after the expiry of a five-year government of national unity (GNU), led by President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
In a statement released by Tsvangirai’s office – after he met Khama in Gaberone on Sunday – the Botswana President is reported to have supported the PM’s call for a summit to ensure that the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) guarantees a free and credible election in Zimbabwe later this year.
President Khama said “SADC appointed the facilitator and initiated the GPA and thus ultimately remains accountable for the conclusion and monitoring of the political process to a free and fair election”, said a statement from Tsvangirai’s office.
Tsvangirai has been on whirlwind two-week tour of key African states to drum up support for free and fair polls in the southern African country. He has met representatives of organizations such as the African Union (AU), SADC, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the East Africa Community (EAC).
He has also held talks with influential international figures such as US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson and South African President Jacob Zuma. He returned to Harare on Sunday.