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Zimbabweans Want Zuma to Resolve Unity Government Impasse


Zimbabweans are hopeful that the scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will help resolve a stalemate in the unity government.

According to the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Tsvangirai will meet President Zuma to brief him about what the party claims are the ZANU-PF party's violations of the unity agreement.

The MDC blames President Robert Mugabe's party for the tense relationship in the unity government, charges ZANU-PF denies.

Political analyst Glen Mpani told VOA that Zimbabweans are unhappy about the performance of the unity government six months into its formation.

"The expectations are that the outstanding matters that have been part and parcel of this six months inclusive government… lead to the convening of SADC (Southern African Development Community) to try as much as possible to break the impasse," Mpani said.

He said the regional body has yet to address complaints of the MDC in Zimbabwe's unity government.

"As you are aware, there are outstanding matters that the MDC forwarded to SADC, and they had requested SADC to convene. But apparently this has not happened. So meeting Zuma, who is the current chairman of SADC, they'll try and push for the convening of that meeting," he said.

Mpani said there is pressure within Zimbabwe on members of the coalition government.

"There is indeed real pressure. I think part of the pressure is one, a disillusioned civil society which has not seen any significant commitment to ZANU-PF in terms of its role in the inclusive government. The second level of pressure is coming from the supporters of the MDC within the party where there are reports of disgruntlement," Mpani said.

He said Zimbabweans are hopeful that President Zuma will be more effective than his predecessor in ending the stalemate in the coalition government.

"There have been a lot of expectations that Zuma as the new president will take a different approach. Considering that the alliance partners that supported him were very critical of the governance in Zimbabwe…there is also high expectation on him in terms of is he going to deal with the issues expeditiously, or is he going to follow the same approach that his predecessor took in terms of engaging with Zimbabwe?" he asked.

While in South Africa, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is also expected to hold discussions with potential investors to help revive Zimbabwe's faltering economy.


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