AGO, SADC and the GNU

The past few days have been quite interesting as the Southern African Development Community has once again demonstrated that it is determined to get the Zimbabwe crisis resolved.

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The issue pertaining to our Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara was a bit embarrassing, to say the least, but the man cannot say we did not warn him.

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President Jacob Zuma was adamant that the third so-called principal in the inclusive government was, in fact, Welshman Ncube, President of the MDC (N). Mutambara’s protestations could not persuade Zuma to change his stance.

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Neither Morgan Tsvangirai nor Robert Mugabe came to Mutambara’s aid when the robotics Professor was confronted with the bare knuckles of political right and political might. A self-respecting statesman, faced with such a development, would gracefully step down from the DPM’s position without further ado.

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The SADC was also right in insisting that Zuma should intervene in the current saga pertaining to the revision of the Copac draft constitution by Zanu (PF) and the two MDC formations’ position that the document should not be re-negotiated any further. This is contrary to Jonathan Moyo’s Pretoria presentation that the GPA has not been fully implemented because the facilitator is refusing to leave the bedroom. We all know that Zuma was last here some 21 months ago.

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It is therefore not true that he was actively interfering in Zimbabwean matters beyond what he was called upon to do by the regional body. On the contrary, Zuma may actually have given our leaders too much leeway to decide on national matters, to the extent that little progress has been made in terms of the implementation of the GPA. It is my considered view that Zuma needs to be breathing down the necks of some of our leaders in order to get the reform process moving again.

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Surely it is not the fault of the two MDC formations that the Zanu (PF) representatives on Copac and in the management committee slept on the job by “compromising” too much as Rugare Gumbo argued. Neither is it the two MDC formations’ problem that the views of the people resulted in the writing of a document that the former liberation party finds unacceptable and tantamount to a regime change document. That is what the people want – regime change now!

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The truth of the matter is that after perusing the Copac draft through four long meetings, the Zanu (PF) Politburo realised that if they allow the draft to see the light of day in its present form they may as well kiss the diamonds and political power goodbye.

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They are really between the proverbial rock and a hard place. On one hand they would like to have the next elections as soon as possible, while on the other hand they are desperate to have the Copac draft re-negotiated, a development that will cost them and this nation more time, thereby further delaying the next elections.

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The next few weeks are going to be fascinating as the principals will be talking about the Zanu (PF) proposed amendments to the Copac draft. It is obvious that Welshman Ncube will have to be involved this time as President of his formation of the MDC.

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There is no valid reason for inviting the good Professor of Robotics to these meetings since he does not lead any political party that is represented in Parliament. It remains to be seen whether Tsvangirai and Mugabe will have the courage to eject Mutambara from his lofty position. Zimbabwe is never boring. – makumbe60@gmail.com and this article was first published in The Zimbabwean

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