Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai has accused hard liners of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party
of hindering the progress of the unity government in its effort to jumpstart
the country' faltering economy. This comes after the government announced Wednesday
it had exceeded its target of securing $1 billion in credit lines from Africa.
Tsvangirai added that although he is committed to working with President Robert
Mugabe to resolve the country's' numerous challenges, the hard liners were endangering Zimbabwe's future by violating the rule of law
and the agreement that created the unity government. This, he said was making
foreign donors to withhold much needed development aid.
Political analyst Mduduzi Khumalo told VOA that President
Mugabe seems not to have decision-making power in his party.
concur with him. The fact that Zimbabwe took too long to come to an agreement
over a coalition government is just an indication that there are a lot of hard
liners within ZANU-PF, and those members of ZANU-PF are operating within
government," Khumalo said.
hard liners, he said, are positioned strategically within the structures of
people that I would cite for you are the members of the intelligence community,
the entire security force as well people from the finance section and from the
agricultural side," he said.
Khumalo said leading up to the signing of the agreement that led
to the formation of the coalition government with the opposition President
Mugabe seemed not to have the final say regarding which direction the party
think Mugabe was still in control of his own political party. I think the
decision making had just been taken over from him at certain level," Khumalo
concurs that the hard liners have been detrimental to Zimbabwe getting help
from foreign donors to resuscitate the country's faltering economy.
agree with him (Tsvangirai) on that one and you know the problem of country's
later being ruled by revolutionary forces or political parties that were once
of revolutionary forces is that they fail to change when circumstances require
changes, and that is the biggest problem," he said.
said the hard liners think and act above the law.
got people who will go into a person's farm and declare themselves owners of
the farm, chase the person away and the person would not have any right
recourse in the form of court and all those things," Khumalo said.
the hard liners have been resisting necessary reforms that would help
Zimbabwe's shattered economy.
coming now into the decision making at a little bit higher level, those members
of the liberation movement who are now in government at the executive level as
well as the strategic level will be the people who do not want any changes," he
welcomed the contribution of various African countries towards the resolution
of Zimbabwe's economic crisis.
imagine African countries making that contribution because our interest in
Africa is that our African problems should be resolved as soon as possible
because they affect the peace and stability of our region," Khumalo said.
Zimbabwe's unity government was formed to end years of
sometimes violent political rivalry and allow leaders to concentrate on solving
the country's economic crisis.
Zimbabwe has so far secured one billion dollars from
African financial institutions such as the African Development Bank, the
Cairo-based African Export-Import Bank and one $150 million from neighboring
South Africa and Botswana.
The loans will be used to revive Zimbabwe's industries,
which are operating at around 10 percent capacity due to foreign currency
shortages, a hostile operating environment and government price controls.
Meanwhile, Economic Planning Minister Elton Mangoma said
efforts to raise $1 billion in direct aid from donors which the government
desperately needs to fund its operations, have largely been unsuccessful, with
only $35 million secured from South Africa and China.
Some analysts say the loans will be used to revive
Zimbabwe's industries, which are operating at around 10 percent capacity due to
foreign currency shortage, a hostile operating environment and government price