SADC must do honest assessment, says Tsvangirai

2009-09-01 14:09

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he expects the forthcoming summit

of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to make an honest

assessment of the state of the inclusive government and to take action to cause

the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Tsvangirai, speaking as leader of his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party at

a press conference in Harare TODAY, said his party was disappointed with

Robert Mugabe’s deliberate attempts to frustrate him out of the inclusive

government.

SADC, which holds its summit in Kinshasa next week, undertook at a

meeting in South Africa in January this year, to conduct a six-month review of

Zimbabwe’s inclusive government and the allocation of ministerial mandates to

the respective parties.

“On the 27th of January 2009, following a SADC Summit

in Pretoria, South Africa, that body issued a Communique that among other things

directed the three political parties to the Zimbabwe dialogue to form an

inclusive government and to resolve the appointments of the Attorney General,

the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Provincial Governors and to appoint

Ministers and Deputy Ministers,” Tsvangirai said.

He said it was regrettable

that the government has not been fully consummated to the extent that not all

ministerial office holders haD been sworn in. “The case of Roy Bennett remains

a blatant indicator of poor faith in implementing the GPA.”

Bennett the MDC

deputy agriculture minister-designate was among senior MDC officials that

attended the press conference.

Tsvangirai said contrary to public

expectations that Jacob Zuma’s visit last week was meant to iron out the

Zimbabwe conflict over issues of the GPA, the South Africa President had only

come to “appraise himself with the situation on the ground with regards the

implementation of the GPA” and to prepare himself for a reportback at

the SADC summit in the DRC.

“We briefed him on the outstanding issues. The

purpose of his visit was not to resolve any deadlock on issues but to

contextualise and analyse the problems so that he can take them to SADC next

week,” said Tsvangirai.

It was the responsibility of SADC to ensure that the

GPA was full implemented and the MDC could pull out of the inclusive government

if it felt short-changed, said Tsvangirai.

The political climate in the country had improved significantly

since the formation of the inclusive government, said Tsvangirai, but there were

still ugly incidents of political violence being reported.

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