Zimbabwe talks could resume this week

JOHANNESBURG – President Thabo Mbeki is expected to return to Zimbabwe to resume power-sharing talks later this week.

Mbeki, the Southern African Development Community appointed mediator, faces the mammoth task of bringing together President Robert Mugabe – the leader of Zanu-PF – and Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai in their battle for executive powers. 

Earlier today, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai had said power-sharing talks are deadlocked and are unlikely to resume soon, South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 reported on Wednesday.

It quoted Tsvangirai as saying in an interview he "was not aware of plans" for post-election negotiations to resume soon.

The talks have been deadlocked over executive powers.

Tsvangirai explained why he refused to sign a power-sharing deal with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in talks over recent weeks.

"There was an attempt to fragment the cabinet. With some ministries reporting to the president and some ministries reporting to the prime minister," he told Talk Radio 702.

"In this case the economic and social ministries will go to the prime minister. The security ministries will go to the president."

Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in a March 29 election, but fell short of enough votes to avoid a run-off vote, which was won by Mugabe unopposed after Tsvangirai pulled out citing violence and intimidation against his supporters.