MDC-T representative in the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) Tabitha Khumalo has lashed out at the committee describing it as “toothless bulldog” with no legal or statutory powers to implement its resolutions.
Jomic was formed to ensure signatories to the inclusive government – MDC-T, MDC and Zanu PF – upheld terms of the GPA. Khumalo fired the broadside at Jomic in Bulawayo last Friday at a meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
“Jomic is a toothless bulldog because we do not have legal powers which give us authority to punish a party that undermines the GPA,” she said.
According to Article 22 of the GPA, Jomic would “ensure full and proper implementation of the letter and spirit of this agreement . . . [and] receive reports and complaints in respect of any issue related to the implementation, enforcement and execution of this agreement.”
Khumalo said Jomic had written numerous letters to the political parties to comply with some of the GPA resolutions, but the parties ignored them.
Each of the three parties to the GNU has four representatives in the 12-member oversight board.
MDC is represented by Welshman Ncube (co-chairperson and current Jomic chair), Frank Chamunorwa, Edward Mkhosi and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, while MDC-T’s representatives are Elton Mangoma (co-chairperson), Elias Mudzuri, Innocent Changonda and Khumalo.
Zanu PF is represented by Nicholas Goche (co-chairperson), Patrick Chinamasa, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Oppah Muchinguri.
Jomic recently announced that it would soon set up a 24-hour political violence hotline to monitor cases of political violence in the country.