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Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ministers of his party
are due to participate in the weekly cabinet meeting for the first time
in weeks. The prime
minister's party decided last week to suspend a boycott of ministerial
meetings in the unity government with President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF.
The attendance of Movement for Democratic Change ministers was
confirmed by the party's spokesman and Minister of Information,
Communication and Technology Nelson Chamisa.
principle we have suspended our disengagement, [first] as a gesture of
goodwill, [second] as a way of giving due respect to SADC, [third] just to
give dialogue a chance and of course to allow the people of Zimbabwe to
have hope. Because whatever action we take in the opposite direction
decimates people's aspirations and hopes the kind of confidence they
are beginning to build in the political processes," Chamisa said.
said one of the major breakthroughs of last week's Southern African
Development Community summit in Maputo, Mozambique is that the Zanu-PF
Party now acknowledges the SADC communiqué of last January is part of
the agreement that brought about the unity government.
is now uniformity of interpretation and articulation of the position
that the communiqué actually forms the greatest part of the Global
Political Agreement," he said.
The January communiqué addresses issues such as the appointment of governors, the central bank governor and attorney general.
month, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai announced a partial withdrawal
from the government, saying President Robert Mugabe has not fulfilled
several points agreed upon before the formation of the unity
government. He also cited harassment of MDC members by the
Mr. Mugabe's party argued it had addressed all
outstanding issues in the agreement and the communiqué was not a part
of the so-called Global Political Agreement. The SADC summit gave the
parties 30 days to sort out the outstanding issues on both the GPA and
Mr. Tsvangirai told a rally during the weekend that Zanu-PF has the responsibility to resolve outstanding issues.
has this window of opportunity to demonstrate goodwill, to demonstrate
that they are committed to the inclusive government; to demonstrate
that they are committed to the SADC resolutions and the GPA; to
demonstrate that they are able to commit themselves to move this
country forward," Mr. Tsvangirai said.
The prime minister said
if the current discussions fail to yield results, then free and fair
elections must be held. VOA asked senior Zanu-PF official and Justice
Minister Patrick Chinamsa for his party's position, but he declined to