22. June 2009

Swaziland's King Mswati III has said that things are going well in Zimbabwe

Swaziland's King Mswati III has said that things are going well in Zimbabwe and the Southern African Development Community has received no complaints, so it will not intervene in any way.

Mswati was speaking at the end of an extraordinary summit of SADC in Johannesburg over the weekend, which had been called to discuss the crisis in Madagascar. Before the summit, SADC's executive secretary Tomaz Salomao had said that Zimbabwe might be discussed. This was because Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Mutambara had some time ago written to Jacob Zuma, as SADC chairman, expressing concern over Mugabe's delays in implementing various aspects of the power share.

But Mswati reiterated that there was no discussion about Zimbabwe and went on to say that he had been in the country and that it was moving on the 'right track'.

He was questioned by a journalist about the almost daily reports of people being arrested and harassed in Zimbabwe - to which the Swazi king replied that 'nothing official' had been brought to SADC's attention, so there was no need to discuss it. (ALL AFRICA)

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