Negotiators battle over security powers

Negotiators of the shaky inclusive government, with the exception of Moses Mzila-Ndlovu of the MDC, met yesterday to deliberate on the election roadmap and adjourned to today (Thursday) when they are expected to finalise their work as prescribed by the Sadc Troika.

The warring parties are fighting over powers of the security forces especially the police whom the MDCs accuse of being partisan.

One of Zanu PF’s negotiators Patrick Chinamasa said the negotiations were likely to be concluded today.

“We met to deliberate on the roadmap and we have concluded our deliberations. We will write our reports overnight and approve them tomorrow (today),” he said.

Mzila-Ndlovu, who had been languishing in police cells in Lupane, was released Wednesday, but could not make it for the negotiations in Harare resulting in the MDC being represented only by its secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

She too confirmed what Chinamasa said. MDC-T negotiators Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma could not be reached for comment by the time of going to print.

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