Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party and main opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) are reportedly close to resolving the political
impasse that has stalled the formation of a unity government. President Robert
Mugabe and some opposition leaders are reportedly expressing optimism saying
they expect the ongoing negotiations aimed at rescuing a recently signed
power-sharing deal would be sealed Thursday.
after the leader of the main opposition MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai, threatened to
pull out of the agreement Sunday after Mugabe allocated key ministries to his
ruling ZANU-PF party. Some political analysts, however, say the power-sharing
deal is Zimbabwe's best hope for halting an
economic meltdown, which is marked by the world's highest inflation of 231
chairperson of the National Constitution Assembly, George Mkwananzi, tells
reporter Peter Clottey that Zimbabweans would be overjoyed if the deadlock is
"It would certainly be a
good thing if such a move would occur so everybody in Zimbabwe and outside
Zimbabwe would be glad to wake up to find that the long awaited deal has since
been concluded," Mkwananzi said.
He said international
organizations' willingness to invest heavily in Zimbabwe would depend
significantly on the conclusion of the power sharing agreement leading to the
formation of a unity government.
"In fact the success of this
deal awaiting the economic turnaround depends so much on international support.
The willingness of the international donor community to pour money into
Zimbabwe in support of the restructuring and the recovery program would be what
would ensure that indeed the economy of Zimbabwe would come around," he said.
Mkwananzi said there was
need for all the parties to uphold their side of the power sharing agreement.
"There is also a part to be
played by the belligerents who are involved in this deal. For instance, if
ZANU-PF continues to be impossible, uncooperative and arrogant, I see them
continuing to scare away those people who need to develop confidence that
indeed there has been change in Zimbabwe," Mkwananzi pointed out.
He said former South African
President Thabo Mbeki could press upon Zimbabwe's president to compromise on
the power sharing deal.
"The good thing is that it
appears Robert Mugabe has sufficient respect for the mediator, Thabo Mbeki.
Since Morgan Tsvangirai has been threatening to walk out of the deal, we think
that Thabo Mbeki would be able to rein in on his friend and make him see the
reality that if he (Mugabe) continues to be uncooperative, there are dire
consequences that would certainly befall the country of Zimbabwe, and that
Mugabe does not have the capacity to handle that situation. And that it depends
on this particular deal and this inclusive government with the MDC for him as a
long-time president of Zimbabwe to leave a legacy behind, and not total ruins,"
Mkwananzi expressed the need
for the opposition to be cautious and not overly optimistic about today's power
"Judging from past events,
there have been first some kinds of expectations and some kinds of optimism,
which often tends out to be hopes dashed when ZANU-PF begins to pull the rug
under the feet of the MDC and things don't turn out as expected, and then the
MDC begins to cry foul," Mkwananzi noted.