Zimbabweans say President Robert Mugabe
and his ZANU-PF party are to blame for the ongoing stalemate in the country's
They are accusing the embattled leader of refusing to
fully implement the Global Political Agreement which led to the formation of
the coalition government.
But President Mugabe has said there are no sticking
points in the agreement which threaten to unravel the government's unity.
Rather he blames the international community for imposing sanctions, which he
claims hinder the functioning of the government.
Glen Mpani, a Zimbabwean political
analyst said that President Mugabe is good at
is a statement that does not reflect reality that is there between the three
political parties. Because if two of the principals are mentioning that there
are outstanding issues that need to be resolved, I don't think that it is his
(Mugabe) responsibility… to justify whether there are disagreements or not in
the agreement," said Mpani, a Zimbabwean political analyst.
said the sticking point of the agreement was dealt with during a regional
was in essence agreed that the inclusive government was going to deal with the
issue of the governor, the issue of the attorney general and the issues of
other appointments that were supposed to be taking place," he said.
said there are indications that Mr. Mugabe is not serious about the unity
him (Mugabe) to say that there are no other sticking points, I think he is
simply politicking. It does not reflect the spirit of ensuring that they are
working in an inclusive government," Mpani said.
President Mugabe maintains that he is working with the former opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in a unity government to resolve the
Mpani said Mr. Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party have often undermined elections in
have an election where we did not get a conclusion in terms of the will of the
people of Zimbabwe," Mpani said.
said Mugabe often plays the victim by claiming the sanctions hinder the
functioning of the coalition government.
of the ways in which ZANU-PF has been able to deal with sanctions is to
construe them as having been imposed on them because of the MDC. And I think we
have to be careful not to allow the propaganda that he (Mugabe ) has been
associated with the issue of sanctions to be perpetuated," he said.
said there is need to holistically examine the usefulness of the sanctions.
is very important and critical for Zimbabweans internally and externally to
critically assess the role of the sanctions. What have they done, what have
been their impact, are they assisting in unlocking the crisis in Zimbabwe?" Mpani
said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has not done enough to
ensure Mugabe fully implement the agreement that led to the formation of the