Thabo Mbeki meets Robert Mugabe today

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South African leader Thabo Mbeki is to visit Zimbabwe Wednesday morning for talks with Robert Mugabe.

State radio, quoting “reliable sources” says Mbeki would meet Mugabe in Bulawayo, the second largest city.

“South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected to meet President Robert Mugabe in Bulawayo today to discuss the forthcoming presidential election run-off and the campaigns,” the state broadcaster announced.

It continued “President Mugabe will travel to Bulawayo for the meeting after addressing rallies in Gwanda and Beitbridge.”

But opposition MDC’s spokesman Nelson Chamisa said: “We are not aware of any plans to meet with President Mbeki.

The last time Mbeki was in Zimbabwe, in May he shocked the world when he boldly proclaimed that there was “no crisis” in Zimbabwe.

His “ no crisis’ statement earned him condemnation.

Churches, doctors and human rights agencies dealing with victims of the violence say that members of Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party have been overwhelmingly named as the perpetrators.

The MDC says Morgan Tsvangirai wrote to Mbeki earlier this month to condemn his chairmanship of regional mediation attempts between the two sides, and accused him of being openly biased in favour of the 84-year-old Mugabe.

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