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PM sends Zuma SOS


Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party wants the immediate intervention of Jacob Zuma to rein in President Robert Mugabe from continuing with alleged violations of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
Tsvangirai is this week said to have expressed exasperation with President Mugabe’s intransigence and has sent an SOS to Zuma. He says he had had enough of “this kind of provocation”, according to well-placed sources in his party.
South Africa President Zuma is the Sadc facilitator to the GPA, which paved the way for the formation of the inclusive government following a disputed presidential election in 2008.
The MDC-T is unhappy with what they say is continued violation of the GPA by President Mugabe.
This follows last weekend’s re-deployment of diplomats by President Mugabe, allegedly without consulting his co-principals in the fragile inclusive government.
MDC-T spokesperson Nelson Chamisa yesterday said there was urgent need for GPA issues to be resolved for the good of Zimbabwe.
Chamisa said while MDC-T was worried about long-standing issues that remained unresolved, fresh ones were emerging. “Our hope and conviction is that these matters get the attention they deserve,” Chamisa said.
“Over and above these issues we even have fresh commissions and omissions that undermine the spirit of inclusivity. It’s vital for Zimbabwe and our guarantors that these matters are put to rest. It’s almost two years and we are still talking of things that we agreed on.”
Chamisa said failure to respect the unity pact affected the credibility and legitimacy of the inclusive government.
Foreign media reports also quoted Chamisa as saying: “We are calling on President Zuma to come in. This just goes to show how insincere Zanu PF operates. Day in day out, the Global Peace Agreement is being broken. We cannot be junior players in this partnership.” Chamisa was reacting to the re-deployment of ambassadors by President Mugabe who reassigned six ambassadors to other postings.
Two others, Simon Khaya Moyo and Boniface Chidyausiku were recalled to take up other duties. Khaya Moyo, Zimbabwe’s former ambassador to South Africa, leaves foreign service to work full-time at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare while Chidyausiku has been recalled to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
These changes have not gone down well with the MDC-T. PM Tsvangirai has in the past spoken strongly against President Mugabe’s alleged transgressions against the GPA by making unilateral decisions.
MDC-T accuses President Mugabe of violating the GPA when he, among other things, appointed permanent secretaries, provincial governors and resident ministers, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono, Attorney General, Johannes Tomana and Judge President George Chiweshe.
The President has refused to swear in MDC-T national treasurer Roy Bennett as deputy Agriculture minister saying he had to be cleared of charges of attempting to overthrow him from power post. Bennett was cleared by the High Court but he will be back at the courts today after Tomana appealed against his acquittal.

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