Zimbabwe's president says mediator can be fired

AP News
Posted: Feb 20, 2012 6:28 AM
Zimbabwe's president says mediator can be fired

Zimbabwe's president says he reserves the right to disregard mediation efforts by South African President Jacob Zuma to settle disputes in the nation's troubled coalition.

President Robert Mugabe charged that officials surrounding Zuma, the region's chief Zimbabwe mediator, were interfering in his role to resolve disputes in the coalition, formed after violent elections in 2008. His comments were reported Monday in the state Herald newspaper.

Mugabe, in excerpts of a state radio interview to be broadcast late Monday, the eve of his 88th birthday, cited a Botswana leader chosen by regional counterparts to mediate in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho whom, he said, was later "rejected" by that nation for alleged bias toward the opposition there.