Mugabe, Mujuru, Tsvangirai to miss crisis indaba

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and two opposition leaders, Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and Joice Mujuru (Zimbabwe People First), are likely to miss Thursday’s proposed all-parties consultative meeting to debate the current national crisis and modalities of setting up the national transitional authority, amid indications the three politicians had other commitments.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

The crunch indaba, organised by the Platform of Concerned Citizens (PCC), is scheduled to be held at Sapes Trust in Harare on Thursday.

Organisers of the meeting, Ibbo Mandaza and Tony Reeler, told NewsDay yesterday they had invited all political party leaders and civil society groups.

“Protocol dictates that we deal with parties and that is what we have done. I have been talking to (Zanu PF political commissar) Saviour Kasukuwere and he is yet to come back to us with a response,” Mandaza said.

“We have, however, received confirmation from (People’s Democtratic Party leader, Tendai) Biti, (Zapu leader, Dumiso) Dabengwa and (Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader, Simba) Makoni so far. Most of the opposition parties and civil society are on board. Even Tajamuka/Sesijikile leader, Promise Mkwananzi is likely to attend, that is if he gets bail in time.”

Kasukuwere was not available for comment yesterday, while ZimPF spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire said Mujuru was yet to make a decision.

“We have just received the invitation and have not made a decision yet. We have a rally in South Africa at the weekend and I am not sure if she would have travelled or would still be around on Thursday,” he said.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said his boss was not likely to attend, as he would be undergoing chemotherapy treatment in South Africa.

“The president (Tsvangirai), unfortunately, will be receiving treatment at the same time, so he will not be attending. I am not sure though if he will assign someone to represent him,” he said.

Mandaza said the meeting seeks to canvass for Zimbabweans’ buy-in of the proposed national transitional authority.

“Our idea is to discuss the national crisis and propose the idea of a national transitional authority, not as a solution, but as an option that could be modified with input from all stakeholders,” he said.

Zimbabwe is in the throes of what could turn out to be an explosive crisis and in the past few weeks, Mugabe’s government has had to violently crush protests by opposition parties and civil society groups demanding him to step down.

But Mugabe has dug in and last week he threatened to use brute force to crush dissent.

The Harare indaba will be followed by a regional conference set for Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 27, to solicit for input from the Diaspora, the region and international community.

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  3. pastor zwangu zvaita why kkkkkkkkk ????stupid fool you don’t want people who want zimbabwe to be back on its feet ulele/wakarara zveshuwa!!!!

    1. Pastor Zvangu Zvaita

      Give the little Promise Mkwananzi the Nandos chicken you promised the little fool. Where is empty Loud Vessel Fadzai Mahere and the other 100 Brave Lawyers and Men of God like Bismack and Munyeza.

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  4. there’s no need for Indaba apa these guys should just step down period..see the Mugabe is not even attending cz haana basa nazvo ngavaende period.even if it means fighting we’re ready for tht .u destroyed our future u ZANU fat pigs.have lost my cool now the line is drawn nxaaa

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  6. Thank you for the effort, but with ZANU PF and Robert you are wasting time. The example is the recent failed NERA meeting with ZEC. This is just one of the organs dze Zanu Pf, ko kuzoti naiyo Zanu Pf pachoyo? None starter it is. They will tell you we were legitimately voted in by the people, yet they know they stole the elections. People are fed up and things will explode in their face one day if they continue to live as if they can’t see the evil they have sawn in this society. All the ills currently inherent in the Zimbabwean society [from prostitution to divorces and other societal evils] are as a result of their failed policies and rampant corruption. And yet they continue to live in denial. Even the simple rural person is now seeing it but can not speak in fear of the obvious.

  7. Please cull off-subject comments.

    Who has ever gained anything by negotiating with ZANU PF?

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