Mugabe talks frustrating - Tsvangirai

2011-05-06 07:27

Cape Town - Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday that negotiating his shaky unity pact with veteran President Robert Mugabe was "the most frustrating experience" of his life but was key to halting the country's collapse.

"It is the most frustrating experience of my life to have to negotiate with somebody who lost an election, and then forced to negotiate an arrangement where the loser comes through the window in order to claim the same rights like somebody who has won," Tsvangirai said.

"But I think that you reach a stage where, given the level of collapse, you may have to forego whether you have won or not and say what is the best solution for the people," he told a session of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai's power-sharing government - formed in February 2009 after a violent and disputed election - has succeeded in halting Zimbabwe's economic tailspin, mainly by ditching the local currency after record hyperinflation.

But the ruling pair have repeatedly locked horns over implementing the deal.

In March, regional leaders insisted that Zimbabwe draft a new constitution before holding new elections that will end the fragile coalition.

Tsvangirai earlier told a media briefing that there would be no polls this year but predicted they would probably be held in the next 12 months, saying the outcome must be credible.

"The next election must produce a legitimate government so that we don't have the losers trying to negotiate their way back into power through some form of an arrangement or some form of a coalition like the government of national unity," he said.

  • Ashley - 2011-05-06 08:04

    Oh for crying out loud. Mugabe is such a slice of bread. I do feel sorry for Mr Tsvangirai. But unless other countries help to get Bob off the pedestal forcefully then I am afraid there is no hope.

      Hilary - 2011-05-06 08:29

      So when it suits you, it is ok for people like Mugabe forcefully (i.e. using any violent means including militarily). Do you honestly believe that such a move will not be met by resistance, militarily as well? Is that not promoting armed conflict? For goodness' sake leave Zimbbwe alone, we do not need that! If Tsvangirai himself realises that a solution in the best interests of the people is ideal, then how can armed conflict be? Compromise and tolerance is what will propell the country forward!

      dawif - 2011-05-06 08:29

      There is hope. It's around the corner.

      AJ - 2011-05-06 08:56

      @dawif - nearly's just over the next hill....

  • Rasky - 2011-05-06 08:25

    Tsvangy if yo want the country take it with an Iron fist, you wont get it any other way, just as for the ANC, same thing!!

  • stephen.cole1 - 2011-05-06 08:33

    Zimbabwe needs an Egyptian type takeover !

      Fair - 2011-05-06 10:51

      then it will become Libya style; a fierce war, and civilians will die..and then ??

  • Kevin - 2011-05-06 08:44

    Most young South Africans are unaware of Zimbabwe's geographic weakness. Unfortunately your education was poor. 4 countries can enforce, with out violence, the outcome they desire, with comprehensive sanctions. Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa can seal Zimbabwes borders and by preventing overflights close down Zimbabwe. There will be no fuel, very little electricity, food shortages and a real decline in money entering Zimbabwe. The government could not survive very long. It was the threat of just this by the South African Government in 1978 that forced Ian Smith to negotiate at Lancaster House. The Zimbabwean Regime survives only because its neighbours allow it.

      Gorilla - 2011-05-06 08:57

      Kevin. The fall of the Ian Smith Government was brought about by the British and their refusal to support the war effort any further, and not by South Africa. The Rhodesian government had few options available but to give in - they werte sold down the river by the British Government.

      Fred - 2011-05-06 09:27

      @Goriila, there never was an Ian Smith government, it was an illegal racist dictatorship,no election were held and condemn by the whole world except John Vorster and his fellow racist NP scum.

      Gorilla - 2011-05-06 09:33

      Fred. Are you a gnome?

      Fair - 2011-05-06 10:55

      Kevin, a fierce war forced Ian Smith to agree negotiations...he was defeated by the guerillas (bush war)

      Hilary - 2011-05-06 13:04

      Have you considered for a moment why they allow it? In any event, Zimbabwe survives because of the will and resilience of its people of Zimbabwe. It is the same resilience which broke Ian Smith's arrogance and forced him to the negotiating table. The people realise that the enermy is not one of their own as you seem to think...

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-06 08:54

    "Key to halting the countries collapse" ??? LOL. I think that horse has already bolted.

  • steve - 2011-05-06 09:10

    I think there is light at the end of the tunnel Morgan, or is that the oncoming train.

  • Rapier - 2011-05-06 09:22

    There is a lot of double-speak going on - they "allowed" Mug-Abe to travel to Europe for for the beatification of Pope John Paul II contrary to what was said about any of that regime not being allowed to travel there. Mugabe is laughing all the way to the bank, and he cannot be prosecuted by the International Court at the Hague because of his age apparently, so that is why his henchmen are keeping him as their "front man" to protect themselves. What is even more interesting is Morgan Tsvangirai's agreeing to a 51% local holding of any company established there. THAT is a major disincentive for any investor. My heart grieves for the way ahead in just about ANY African state. The Chinese are going to be laughing all the way to the bank as they have a very strong hold on Mugabe with their interest in the Platinum reserves (the 2nd largest in the world!0

      Fair - 2011-05-06 11:00

      On another note: Chinese are humble and anti racists, they respect other people's race beliefs and soveregnty, and that one aspect making them economic and social giants on earth. hahahaha

  • chaminuka - 2011-05-06 13:44

    The good thing is all the parties are the end of the year the draft constitution will be ready, March/April next year the constitution process will be complete, referendum by June 2012 and elections around Sep/oct 2012 and a new government Nov2012. And the winner will be....the people of Zimbabwe. Lets stay positive.

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