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Calls for SADC leaders to support a smooth transition in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is facing growing economic and political tension, with another march in Harare this morning.

FILE: Zimbabwean President and Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe (L) and his wife Grace. Picture: AFP.

HARARE- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other members of The Elders group have called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to support a smooth transition in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is facing growing economic and political tension, with another march in Harare this morning.

The call is made by Archbishop Tutu, and two of his fellow members from The Elders group, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and Graca Machel.

In a letter, they say Zimbabwe is on the verge of an important transition which, if handled well, could lead to peaceful democratic change and economic development.

But the Herald's political editor says the elders are deluded.

Tichaona Zindoga says Zanu-PF still has two years left of its five-year mandate and adopting a transitional arrangement would be illegal.

Discontent is rising, with reports of another march this morning which apparently saw teargas fired and some police officers attacked.