opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced on Friday his party, Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC), has agreed to join a unity government with President
Robert Mugabe, despite lingering concerns as to how cabinets seats will shared.
power-sharing deal agreed to more than four months ago has never been
implemented. Friday’s announcement will pave the way for Tsvangirai to become
prime minister on February 11th, should the time table laid down by
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) goes as planned.
Asked whether the MDC had succumbed
to outside pressure to commit to the unity government, Joseph Mungwari, spokesperson
for Morgan Tsvangirai, reminded VOA’s
Akwei Thompson, the MDC’s decision to agree to enter the unity government was
made before these last round of talks, on condition that certain outstanding
issues were addressed.
“On the 15th of September, 2008, he signed the global political agreement which was in
actual fact was the decision to join the inclusive government,” Mungwari said.
explained that the events of the past four months happen to be a “continuation
of the global political agreement into becoming a government. “There were other
issues that we thought needed to be addressed.” Outstanding issues that were
acknowledged by the former President of South Africa and chief mediator of the
Mungwari said the MDC
had seen some progress being made in addressing some of those concerns. And
more importantly, he said it was time both parties took responsibility and
leadership in tackling Zimbabwe’s problems and restoring the hopes and
aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.