Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) is dismissing as hogwash accusation that it is to be
blamed for the collapse of Monday's power-sharing negotiations with the ruling
ZANU-PF party. President Robert Mugabe's government accused opposition leader
Morgan Tsvangirai of backing away from a solution proposed by South Africa's
President Kgalema Motlanthe. It also accused the MDC of being manipulated by
Western Powers, which it claims is preventing the progress of forming a unity
government talks. This comes after the ruling party announced acting finance
minister Patrick Chinamasa would be presenting the 2009 budget to parliament
tomorrow (Thursday). The presentation of the budget was postponed in
anticipation of the formation of a unity government. George Mkwananzi is a
political analyst. He tells reporter Peter Clottey that President Mugabe and
his cohorts blame the country's woes on everybody except themselves.
is not surprising coming from Robert Mugabe and the ZANU-PF because they have
never accepted frankly their role in the destruction of the country. They have
never accepted a single thing in terms of the current crisis; they have always
blamed the MDC and western countries. Now, as we face this kind of scenario, it
would mean that Zimbabwe is taken back to square one because there is nothing
really optimistic that the nation can look forward to," Mkwananzi pointed out.
described as an unfortunate the ruling ZANU-PF's decision to leave the
opposition out of the new government announced recently by President and which
is supposed to be in place next month.
Mugabe decides to go it alone without the MDC that only goes to confirm that he
is a fool. Only a fool in this context in the deterioration and decay of the
conditions in Zimbabwe will decide to go it alone. We know that the Robert
Mugabe regime has lost all solutions that were put in place in order to salvage
the nation or the country Zimbabwe. So, if they decide to go it alone, it means
it is doom for the country and if only somebody can advise them against such a
foolish way of self destruction," he said.
said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai seems to be more concerned about the
suffering or ever worsening plight of the ordinary Zimbabwean.
can see that this is a statement of someone who is honestly and frankly
concerned about the lives of the people in his country. He does not make it
appear as if he pulled a diplomatic victory or anything on Robert Mugabe. You
could see that he was committed to seeing this inclusive deal working, but
unfortunately on the other side of the table the negotiators seem not to have
the interest of the people of Zimbabwe at heart," Mkwananzi pointed out.
said the opposition demands are not anything extraordinary that should prevent
the peace negotiations from being finally concluded.
just have to look at the demands that the MDC put on the table. They are very
reasonable and asking Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF to put into the open as to which
posts would go to MDC in terms of ministries, in terms of diplomatic missions,
and in terms of the senior civil service that is a very reasonable demand,
which one would have expected any reasonable negotiator on the other side to
accept," he said.
ruling ZANU-PF party blamed
opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai for the breakdown of Monday night's
power-sharing discussions mediated by South African and Mozambican leaders,
adding that the opposition is being inherently manipulated by Western powers.
But the ruling party also said it would continue to hold discussions with the
opposition to find ways of ending the stalemate and form a unity government.
Zimbabwe's budget which is traditionally presented in November, was agreed to
be postponed ahead of the formation of an inclusive government between the
ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC.
budget is presented in the form of a Finance Bill and an Appropriation Bill,
which usually addresses different fiscal measures that the government plans to
introduce. It includes among others issues such as how government intends to
collect tax and other financial measures aimed at raising money for the
government's developmental agenda.