MDC to discuss PM amendment

Harare – Zimbabwe's main opposition party said it will meet soon to discuss a proposed constitutional amendment creating the post of prime minister for its leader Morgan Tsvangirai, ahead of more power-sharing talks.

"The second issue would be the time frame of the gazetting (or official publication of the) constitutional amendment and the third issue will be what the MDC believes are outstanding matters on the equitable sharing of ministerial portfolios," Nelson Chamisa, spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said in a statement.

After that, he said, the three rival groups, including President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and the MDC splinter faction, will meet in two weeks to resume talks aimed at creating a unity government.

Power-sharing talks suspended

Late last month, the MDC said it had reached an "understanding" on a constitutional amendment crucial to forming a unity government, but other disputes have not been settled.

"The issue of governors, the composition and terms of reference of the national security council, as well as the matter regarding the appointment of permanent secretaries, ambassadors and other senior government officials," Chamisa said.

The latest round of power-sharing talks were suspended in November after Tsavangirai accused mediator Thabo Mbeki, South Africa’s former president, of not fully understanding the situation in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe and Tsvangirai agreed to a power-sharing deal in September after disputed elections earlier in the year, but it has yet to be realised. – AFP