The only independent candidate in Zimbabwe's March 29th
presidential election says the new deal signed between President Robert Mugabe and
main opposition leaders is not an all-inclusive government as speculated. Simba
Makoni says he is concerned about the power-sharing agreement, which he
described as a cumbersome government structure with positions that would not
necessarily solve the country's problems. Makoni said both President Mugabe and
the MDC opposition failed to acknowledge his proposal for an all-inclusive
government, which he put forward when he launched his bid for the presidency.
adds that all dissenting parties in Zimbabwe should have been included in the
government in order to have Zimbabweans represented in the government. From
Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, Makoni tells reporter Peter Clottey that only time
would tell whether the new unity government agreement would resolve the
country's economic and political crisis.
have one big concern (about the deal) and they have agreed to form a very
cumbersome government structure with positions whose real values to solving the
country's problems is not apparent, but positions which are likely to be costly
to the nation, a nation which is already in dire economic stress. When you take
a structure of three people in the president's office and three people in the
prime ministers office and 31 cabinet ministers, the value propositions of the
people of Zimbabwe is not apparent," Makoni pointed out.
said there is no room for his role in the new all-inclusive administration
signed between President Mugabe and the opposition.
you are asking for my role in the structure that was formed through this
agreement as far as I know is none. You are aware that my organization did not
participate in the negotiations so did many other national organizations, which
in my view should have participated if we were genuinely seeking an
all-inclusive national solution. We should have gone beyond three political
parties," he said.
said others with opposing views should have been involved in the agreement.
I'm suggesting is that there would have been better provisions for a more
inclusive national leadership for national healing than just the three parties.
There are other Zimbabwean national leaders who have important contributions to
make or should be in that structure if it had been streamlined, it has been
made lean and it had been made on the basis of need to deliver rather than need
share spoil," Makoni noted.
said soon he would be coming out with a new political party that he said would
fight for ordinary Zimbabweans.
will continue to participate in the national politics of Zimbabwe. We will be
launching a formal political party that would succeed the Marambo Kusi movement
that supported my candidacy during the election of March 29. We still have a
role to play ion the future governance of Zimbabwe and in the future leadership
of our country," he said.
said with determination and commitment the government and the opposition could
effectively work together.
sure they can if they mean it genuinely. It was very interesting watching the
body language during that ceremony to read whether there was genuiness and
honesty in the statements or not. But time would tell whether there is
genuiness and honesty in the in there. What I would like to highlight though is
the fact that not withstanding their total silence and lack of acknowledgment,
what was done today, is what I advocated from February 5 when I launched my
campaign for president of Zimbabwe," Makoni pointed out.
Meanwhile, Zimbabweans are reportedly expressing
optimism that the new deal would be a first step towards reconciling the nation
after a testy political stalemate between the opposition and the government.
cheers greeted the signing of the deal at a Harare hotel by President Mugabe,
the leader of the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, who leads a breakaway faction of the MDC.
three smiling Zimbabwean leaders exchanged copies of the agreement and shook
hands in front of South African President Thabo Mbeki, who brokered the deal,
and other African leaders.