Tsvangirai's China visit cut short

Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai cuts his trip to China short for a SADC meeting in Angola

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Picture: AFP

ZIMBABWE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday had to cut short a state visit to China in order to attend an urgent Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting in Angola.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) insiders said the unexpected meeting could indicate that SADC wants to get tough on Zimbabwe.

As a result, Tsvangirai ended his visit two days early.

The Organ on Politics, Defence and Security will meet on Thursday for an "unexpected meeting".

On Tuesday, state media said Zimbabwe was not on the agenda.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe's party said that holding polls in 2012 was the logical conclusion to the coalition deal between Zanu-PF and the MDC.

But last week, United Nations Human Rights Envoy Navi Pillay warned that reforms had to be implemented before the country heads to the polls.