GNU on the brink as MDC calls for its National Council to chart way forward

The meeting comes amid reports that the three leaders of the three parties, Zanu PF and the two MDC formations,  making up the unity government have failed to agree on the fate of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gedion Gono.

Gono was appointed by Mugabe late last year in contravention of the Global Political Agreement signed by the three parties last September.

However a source told Radio VOP that President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were expected to announce a final resolution to the outstanding issues either on Friday or Saturday.

“The party has given time to the principals to resolve the matter this week and the national council will take a position guided by the nature of the progress on these crucial issues,” said the MDC T in a statement.

“The MDC national council will meet in Masvingo on Sunday, 17 May 2009, to deliberate and review the party’s role in the inclusive government and the challenges the same government continues to face since its formation in February,“ it said.

The MDC national council is also expected to discuss other sticking points of the unity government such as the stripping of powers of Nelson Chamisa’s Information Technology ministry by President Robert Mugabe.

The MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti issued an ultimatum last week giving the unity government a time-frame by which it expected it to have resolved all the outsanding issues. However Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed the ultimatum, saying although there were disagreements there was no going back on the unity deal.

Among some of the more prominent issues still being negotiated were the abitrary appointment of permanent secretaries by President Mugabe,

appointment of ambassadors, provincial governors, the swearing in of Deputy Agriculture designate- Roy Bennet and Attorney General Johannes Tomana.

The MDC will also celebrate a milestone since its formation this Sunday at the same venue.

“All roads lead to Masvingo this weekend where the MDC will hold its 10th Anniversary provincial celebratory rally at Mucheke Stadium,“party spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said.

Tsvangirai will address a rally at Mucheke stadium.