Zimbabweans are reportedly expressing
frustration over reports of growing divisions within the main opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) about the way forward at the just ended power
sharing talks with the ruling ZANU-PF party.
talks, organized by leaders of the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) produced a comminunique, which was reportedly agreed upon by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai paving the way
for a unity government. The communiqué suggested Tsvangirai would be sworn in
as prime minister in February, setting the stage for a unity government with
the ruling ZANU-PF government.
some dissenting members of the opposition sharply differed with the communiqué
describing it as malicious assurances by the regional leaders that the
party had agreed to join President Robert Mugabe in a power-sharing government.
Political analyst Glen Mpani
told reporter Peter Clottey that the opposition MDC needs to get its act
latest development is the conflicting statements where we have got a position
come out of SADC where a communiqué came out of the meeting where both parties
were represented. That basically was indicating that there is an agreement and
the processes of forming an inclusive government or going to b put into motion
culminating in the appointment of Morgan Tsvangirai as Prime Minister and the
supporting of amendment 19," Mpani pointed out.
cited reports of disunity within the Morgan Tsvangirai-led opposition about the
just ended SADC summit and how to resolve the Zimbabwe power sharing impasse.
have also heard that there is the MDC position that put through a press
statement indicating that that was contrary to what they had agreed to. So they still need to go to their National
Council. And then there are rumors that within the MDC there are now serious
divisions in terms of what road to take with the other faction. There are allegations that the other faction
agreed to this deal whilst others are against it. So, these are quite
conflicting remarks and it is not clear, which position that party has taken
regarding the recent SADC talks," he said.
there was need for the opposition to take a holistic approach to the power
sharing agreement with the ruling ZANU-PF party.
"What is important is that
we should step back and say, what were the reasons why the MDC was refusing to
get into this government? One it was the issue of sharing of ministries,
ambassadors, permanent secretaries and the levels of repressions in the
country. If one looks at the communiqué, there is nothing that is shifted or
there is no concession that has been made other than a commitment that is not
even decisive to say the issues of the appointment of the reserving governor
and the attorney general who would be dealt with when there is an inclusive
government," Mpani said.
He said the just ended
summit does not bode well for the opposition MDC.
"So, this is a slap in the
face of the MDC and Tsvangirai because what it does is it entrenches the
position of SADC. And it reinforces the position, which Thabo Mbeki, Motlanthe
and the other people or leaders have been saying get into this inclusive
government. So one would presuppose that SADC meeting was simply meant to whip
Morgan Tsvangirai into line," he said.
Mpani said it was about time
the opposition dealt with its internal political divisions.
"The conflicting reports are
basically a problem that I think the MDC needs to deal with as a party to say
what our position is and what is our take? But I think what is very important
is that it is disheartening and frustrating for the Zimbabwean who is within
the country for them not to know what is really happening. Secondly, one would
want to believe that Zimbabweans are not looking for a façade, they are looking
for meaningful change," Mpani pointed out.
The opposition has often accused President Robert Mugabe's
ruling ZANU-PF of refusing to fully implement the power sharing agreement to
help resolve Zimbabwe's economic meltdown. It is also demanding
that dozens of its members that it said are arbitrarily detained or disappeared
by state forces in recent months be released before it can join any powering
President Mugabe's government said it is prepared to form a
government on its own if the opposition failed to join, a move, some say would
effectively undermine the success of the just ended SADC-sponsored power
sharing talks. Former Zimbabwe Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa said the
government should be sworn in on Feb. 13, as proposed by regional leaders. He
said his party would give the opposition a few more days to decide whether it
would join in a unity government or not.