Reaction to Zimbabwe power-sharing deal

OPINION – Below is reaction to Zimbabwe's power-sharing agreement reached between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS SPOKESPERSON JESSIE DUARTE

"We congratulate President Thabo Mbeki for his sterling work during the mediation process that has led to this achievement."

"Not only is the agreement important for Zimbabwe, but has far-reaching political and economic implications for Southern Africa and the entire African continent. It will make a certain contribution to building peace and prosperity."

"The international community should now assist in reconstruction, reconciliation and nation building in Zimbabwe."

 

INVESTEC AFRICA FUND PORTFOLIO MANAGER ROELOF HORNE

"The people of Zimbabwe needed peace, and a power-sharing government should ensure that. For that, we celebrate with all Zimbabweans. But the Zimbabwean economy needs more than peace. It needs generosity from outside and austerity from within.

"In a power-sharing government the architects of the economic implosion are still partly in the driving seat, and therefore neither generosity nor austerity will be delivered as enthusiastically as they might have in the case of a fresh start."

"For the moment, unless my expectations are exceeded, I am afraid the economic road will be a muddle-through and not a victory march."

 

BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN

"We are following the situation closely. We look forward to seeing the details of the agreement and our overriding concern is the welfare of the Zimbabwean people.

"Hopefully on Monday, once we know more then we will be able to release more details. But we are just waiting ourselves to get more details before we say anything more.

LOVEMORE MADHUKU, HEAD OF NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY PRESSURE GROUP

"The deal is more of a capitulation by the MDC than by ZANU-PF because I believe Mugabe gets to keep most of his powers while Tsvangirai will have some cosmetic executive authority".

"The fact that Mugabe remains in power as head of state and head of government means the MDC is the one coming into this deal as a junior partner.

 

JOHN MAKUMBE, POLITICAL ANALYST AND MUGABE CRITIC.

"The deal will hold depending on who will have control of the cohesive machinery of the state. If these are still in Mugabe’s hands the deal will unravel and we will soon be back to the negotiating table".