Zimbabweans are reportedly expressing excitement after
President Robert Mugabe said he would ensure a unity government is formed with
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) some time this week. The unity
government is expected to end a bitter political impasse between President
Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF government and the opposition MDC after both parties
recently signed a power sharing agreement.
Zimbabweans are hopeful that the formation of the new unity government could
help resolve the worsening economic crisis. They
added that it could also send a signal to the international community to lift
sanctions imposed on the Mugabe government.
is the deputy chairperson of the National Constitution Assembly. He tells
reporter Peter Clottey from South Africa's capital, Pretoria, President Mugabe
is under enormous pressure to abide by the tenets of the agreement.
"Obviously Zimbabweans are
reacting to that piece of news with excitement because that is what they have
been waiting for all along. It was the side of ZANU-PF that has been a
stumbling block to the conclusion of the agreement and effecting it into a
workable system. It was because of the Intransigence of the ZANU-PF and their
refusal to share ministries of importance with the MDC. So, this is an
indication that they are now psych up to share with MDC whatever those
ministries were," Mkwananzi noted.
He said Zimbabweans are
hopeful that President Mugabe would keep to his word.
"People are banking on a
number of sectors that are expected to force him (Mugabe) to take this thing
seriously because the economy is continuing to do badly. And Mugabe knows it
very well that if he takes longer or delays to conclude this agreement, things
would get worse and worse. And there is the likelihood that there is not going
to be any harvest from this coming season to the non-availability of all implements
that are used for farming, and that is really scary for Mugabe. So, that is
expected to motivate him to do better than he has become known for," he said.
Mkwananzi said it was about
time that all stakeholders in the power sharing agreement should hold their
side of the agreement.
"I believe this is a period
where the principals of the three political formations would have to show
leadership. There could be people who may not be happy with the distribution of
post and positions and areas of influence in all the three respective parties.
But then if the three principals engage in these discussions are clear about
what they want to see that is a reconstructed Zimbabwe. We believe that these
remain four ministries, which are the cause of this dispute would be equitably
distributed in such a way that there is a balance of power between these two
major parties," Mkwananzi pointed out.
He said President Mugabe
seems displeased with his own ZANU-PF party.
"I believe Robert Mugabe is
operating at a higher level than the people that are leading his party. You can
see that from the way he explains to them that he has been forced into this
humiliating situation because "we did not win this election". And he actually
wanted to throw it back at them that they didn't work hard enough so that they
could be saved from sharing power with a party that they had all along has been
touting as a puppet of the west," he said.