Presidents Rupiah Banda has been accused of sabotaging a planned summit on Zimbabwe after he failed to attend the unveiling of the new SADC headquarters in Gaborone last week.
Speaking at a media briefing in Gaborone, coordinator of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Dewa Mavhinga condemned president Banda and Armando Guebuza of Mozambique who also did not turn-up.
He said the gathering of SADC leaders in Gaborone was scheduled to discuss the Zimbabwean situation but the two presidents chose to stay away, yet they are members of the crucial SADC Troika on Politics, Defence and Security. Banda is head of the troika while Guebuza is a member. Mavhinga said as key members of a troika, whose role is to address issues like the one in Zimbabwe, it is disappointing the two leaders failed to come to Gaborone.
“It is disappointing to note that the meeting did not take place because they did not come,” he said.
There are strong rumours that Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe phoned president Banda and Armando Guebuza of Mozambique telling them to stay home.
The SADC secretariat in Gaborone is said to be waiting for a formal explanation from the two absentees.