President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were both optimistic
Tuesday after a day of talks on power-sharing. Tsvangirai told reporters that
there had been a positive development during the negotiations in Harare.
President Mugabe also reportedly said there was progress in some areas,
although he said there were still outstanding issues.
One news account quoting
Zimbabwe government sources said a possible power-sharing agreement could even
be signed Wednesday. Tsvangirai earlier rejected a proposal for Mr.
Mugabe to remain president and keep control over Zimbabwe's security
Harald Pakendorf is an
independent South African political analyst. From Cape Town, he told that if reports of a deal are true then there must have
been an added incentive offered to both sides.
the information is true, the implication would be that Mr. Mugabe
heads the government. He has been trying to form the government, and this would
be that Mr. Tsvangirai has accepted that he won't be in the powerful position
that he thought he would have after winning the election. I would think that if
the report is correct then there must be an added something that we don't know
about, perhaps a timeline, something which says Mr. Mugabe would serve the
government for a year and then Mr. Tsvangirai takes over or perhaps talks of
another election," he said.
earlier rejected a proposal for Mr. Mugabe to remain president and keep control
over Zimbabwe's security forces.
it would be a big mistake for Tsvangirai to accept a largely ceremonial post as
prime minister while giving President Mugabe extensive executive power.
"If Mr. Mugabe
has the power then he would undermine Mr. Tsvangirai in every corner, and I'm
afraid that if Mr. Mugabe is in the government, there would be very little
positive response from countries outside of Zimbabwe to help the country
rebuild itself," Pakendorf said.
He said another
factor that may make possible a power-sharing deal is if either South African
President Thabo Mbeki or the Southern African Development Community makes
available an economic package to help Zimbabwe's broken economy.
he would be surprised if President Mugabe offered Tsvangirai more power as
really be a surprise, and it would mean that the depth of the economic
strangulation in Zimbabwe has finally made the present rulers understand that
there is end to the game," he said.
if the reports are correct and a power-sharing agreement is reached Wednesday
then President Thabo Mbeki, the talks' mediator, should be given some credit
for effective diplomacy, even though he said such diplomacy might have come in
the final hour of the Zimbabwe crisis.