Zim talks in deadlock

2010-04-01 10:16

Zimbabwe’s negotiators towards a political agreement have once

again reached a deadlock and a report to this effect was being prepared late

yesterday afternoon for delivery to mediator President Jacob Zuma, our sources

have confirmed.

The countless rounds of negotiations to end bickering over the

implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed by President

Robert Mugabe and his two partners in the coalition government Prime Minister

Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara have ended in

deadlock after deadlock.

Zuma who pushed the latest round of talks was in Harare two weeks

ago and when he left, he told the world that he had managed to draw concessions

from all parties and that a ‘package of agreements’ would be announced and

implemented within two weeks.

He did not divulge what agreements those were save to say he was

happy with the development and that he would be receiving a report from the

Zimbabwean negotiators by March 31 which report he would use to prepare his own

report on the Zimbabwe situation to the SADC troika chairman Mozambican

President Armando Guebuza.

Our sources in Harare said by yesterday afternoon a deadlock had

been declared and talks had been abandoned.

“The negotiators were meeting somewhere here in the capital but

they have reached a deadlock,” said our source. “What is left is for them to

report as such to President Zuma. Very little hope was left following recent

spikes to the negotiations by President Mugabe and his Zanu PF party who were

publicly distancing themselves from Zuma’s proclamations of success.”

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai confirmed the failure of the talks

in a statement issued on his website late yesterday.

“After the most recent round of negotiations it appears that the

issues that have stalled progress for more than a year are still being used to

avoid creating the open, free and prosperous society that our people demand and

deserve,” Tsvangirai said.

“If this situation continues, I will ask President Zuma to call

upon SADC to break the deadlock once and for all. We cannot allow our nation to

be trapped indefinitely by the failed policies of the past, while countries

around us prioritise people’s rights, economic development and the rule of law,”

said Tsvangirai.

Meanwhile President Mugabe has sworn in members of the Zimbabwe

Electoral Commission and the Human Rights Commission.

The swearing-in took place at State House yesterday morning.

Tsvangirai attended the ceremony along with the country’s two vice-presidents

and two deputy prime ministers.

The swearing-in of the independent commissioners comes at a time

when pressure has been mounting on Mugabe to show there was movement in the

Global Political Agreement (GPA).

Zimbabwe’s inclusive government has failed to find a smooth patch

as bickering has continued to threaten its existence.

The incompatibility of the coalition has forced Mugabe and

Tsvangirai to concede the only way out was an election which would usher in a

democratically-elected government.

The swearing in of the electoral commission paves way for the

setting of ground for this eventuality.

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