(Last Updated on July 22, 2013 by Editor)
Published: July 21, 2013
Zimbabwe: Lindiwe Zulu Branded Tsvangirai’s Election Spin-Doctor
Harare– South African President Jacob Zuma’s special advisor on Zimbabwe, Lindiwe Zulu , is proving a thorn in the flesh for President Mugabe due to her recent contentious pronouncements on Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe has in recent weeks developed a deep resentment for Lindiwe Zulu to the point of urging President Jacob Zuma to ‘stop this woman,’ a request sources said was once again conveyed to Jacob Zuma yesterday.
While it was not clear what Jacob Zuma’s response was to Mugabe, Lindiwe Zulu on Friday commenting ahead of the SADC Troika meeting, said that there are still “challenges” in the run up to Zimbabwe’s vote.
Barely 2 weeks after Mugabe chided Ms Zulu calling her that ‘stupid idiotic street woman’ the president’s resentment for Zuma’s advisor has reached a point that Mugabe wants to hear no more of Zulu’s voice.
Addressing Zanu PF supporters Friday in Gwanda , Mugabe said : “President Jacob Zuma stop this woman of yours from speaking on Zimbabwe. We were given one facilitator with one mouth and that is Jacob Zuma. Zuma can speak and no other voice should speak.”
Late Saturday the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) said Zimbabwe’s election would be a tough call to organise given the time limits. The “summit noted the problems that arose during the special vote on 14-15 July 2013,” SADC’s communique read but added that the bloc was pleased that all political parties were committed to a peaceful environment during the elections.
“Summit encouraged the government, all political parties and leaders to continue with these commendable efforts which will help realise credible elections,” the communiqué stated.
It commended the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) for “taking these up as challenges to be overcome on the 31st of July, and called upon all political parties to co-operate as fully as possible with ZEC in order to ensure that it is able to meet these challenges.”
Addressing reporters late Saturday after the SADC Troika meeting, Tanzania president Jakaya Kikwete said the regional body wished Zimbabwe had heeded to an earlier recommendation to delay elections up to mid August.
“We would have wished that our advice would have been heeded security. That’s why we are seeing even the incidents of the early voters, where half of them couldn’t vote, partly because it is the brevity of time.
“So it’s quite going to be a tough election to organise,” said Kikwete .
President Mugabe has a history of attacking his critics across the Limpopo river. In 2009, Mugabe called archbishop Desmond Tutu that “little bishop” who has no position at all in the ANC party.
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