Only Zuma can save Zim GNU: MDC

2010-01-29 13:14

Zimbabwe’s coalition government is in danger of collapse and only

President Jacob Zuma’s quick intervention can save this shaky three-legged

administration.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change

(MDC) party said on Friday that internal negotiations to the Global Political

Agreement (GPA) which gave birth to the inclusive government, were as good as

dead.

“It is clear for everyone to see that the negotiations between us

and President Mugabe’s party have died. The only chance that remains is

President Zuma and Sadc’s immediate intervention. The inclusive government is

now in grave danger of collapse,” Nelson Chamisa, the MDC spokesperson, told

City Press.

President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday blocked any further

negotiations with the MDC demanding that Tsvangirai causes the immediate removal

of all Western sanctions, imposed on him and his party, before Zanu PF could

consider implementing any of the GPA agreements.

He labelled Tsvangirai and his party “a treacherous tool of the

British and western imperialism” whose “role in the evil saga of the imposition

of illegal sanctions now stands exposed for all to see”.

The inclusive government, formed after an unlikely unity between

Mugabe and Tsvangirai’s parties last February, has been hanging by a thread ever

since its inception because of endless power-sharing squabbles.

Sadc has convened numerous summits in a bid to settle the wrangles

and its last directive to the Zimbabwean leaders was to deal with a list of

outstanding issues brought forward by Mugabe and Tsvangirai that the regional

body deemed legitimate.

Zanu PF’s main concerns were the removal of sanctions and the

closure of foreign based radio stations beaming into Zimbabwe.

The MDC’s list of outstanding issues include the controversial

appointments of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, Attorney General Johannes

Tomana, the country’s ten provincial governors and the refusal by Mugabe to

swear Tsvangirai’s close aide Roy Bennett as junior agriculture minister.

On Wednesday, Mugabe’s party flatly refused to even consider the

issues of Gono, Tomana and provincial governors saying those were not

negotiable.

Zanu PF went further to “instruct” its negotiators to immediately

stop making any concessions in the negotiations until Tsvangirai ‘‘removed’’ the

sanctions inhibiting Mugabe and his Zanu PF fat cats from travelling to Western

countries.

The latest Zanu PF intransigence comes in the wake of recent

statements by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to the effect that

Britain would only remove the sanction at the behest of Tsvangirai’s

party.

“Zanu PF should stop making funny excuses,” said Chamisa. “We are

not seeking any concessions from them.

“Everything outstanding in the GPA has already been agreed to. All

we want from them is to implement those agreements. Miliband is a flimsy excuse

which they cannot hide behind.

“They simply want the inclusive government dead and we have been

aware of that intention for a long time.”

Minister of State in Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s office, Gorden

Moyo said Miliband’s statement simply reflected the confidence that Britain had

in Tsvangirai and his integrity in the inclusive government.

He denied Miliband implied Tsvangirai would be listened to by

Britain because he was the one who had called for the sanctions.

“We cannot be blamed for being credible. It is not our problem that

the world seems to see the prime minister and his party as the voice of

conscience.

“Those that think so are missing the point completely. It is the

credibility of the PM in the inclusive government that has caused the British to

make those statements and not because the PM had invited those sanctions because

he never did,” minister Moyo said.

 


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