Earlier this month a
power-sharing agreement was signed in Zimbabwe between the ruling Zanu-PF and
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Under the deal, a new
government is to be formed with ministers from Both ZANU-PF and the MDC.
However, follow–up talks to elect a power sharing cabinet have stalled.
assessment of the current political mood in the country, John Makumbe,
professor of political science at the University of Zimbabwe, Harare told VOA’s
Akwei Thompson there is a feeling of disquiet and concern among the people
amidst all the wrangling between the two parties.
there’s is a little bit of uneasiness. People are a bit tired of waiting and
they would like the new government to be put in place as soon as possible,”
Makumbe said it would take some hard bargaining among the parties to “in fact
agree on identifying first of all which are the key ministries and then
allocate those key mninistries on pro rata basis – on the basis of what
parliamentary representation each party has….”
meantime Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has warned that Zimbabwe is facing a
humanitarian crisis in the coming months if a new power sharing government is
not formed soon.
however, appears to be trying to hold on to all the key ministries and to give
the MDC formation only the “peripheral, only the minor or trivial ministries,”
Makumbe noted. Makumbe feared that the talks may end bein mediated again by
characterized President Mugabe’s recent appeal at the UN for the immediate
removal of sanctions which have brought “untold suffering to his people, as hot
air. He called for the sanctions to be tightened to “encourage Mugabe and
motivate him to do the right thing.”