MDC Stands by its National Council Decision – Chamisa

ZANU PF and the MDC-M on Tuesday reacted angrily to the MDC T resolution – both insisting it was premature to refer the matter to SADC and AU, arguing that no deadlock had been declared.

Nicholas Goche, the ZANU PF chief negotiator and Edwin Mushoriwa, the MDC M spokesman, concurred that President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara were still discussing the outstanding issues.

But Nelson Chamisa, the spokesman for the MDC T, said the statements attributed to ZANU PF dismayed his party and the MDC M, citing the protracted period the three principals had failed to solve the outstanding issues.

“These are hollow claims that the decision by the MDC National Council, which is the party’s supreme decision making body, was premature,” said Chamisa.

He said the MDC leadership would stand by the resolutions made by the MDC National Council in Masvingo on Sunday and will approach SADC and AU to deal with the outstanding issues.

“Although the three political principals to the GPA, our party president, Morgan Tsvangirai, Professor Arthur Mutambara and Robert Mugabe have not yet declared a deadlock over the outstanding issues, the MDC is gravely concerned that after 97 days since the formation of the inclusive government these critical issues remain unresolved,” he said.

He said these “toxic and non-compliance issues” as the MDC National Council rightly pointed out at their Sunday meeting, were the continued farm disruptions, the failure by President Mugabe to swear in Senator Roy Bennett and the appointments of provincial governors, ambassadors, permanent secretaries, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor and the Attorney-General.

“The MDC is therefore concerned that after over three months of continued weekly haggling among the three principals, ZANU PF considers the impasse as normal. The people of Zimbabwe and the world at large are eager to see the inclusive government urgently dealing with issues of governance, national healing, democratisation and the rule of law.

“But this is not happening as there continues to be the selective application of the rule of law characterised by the continuous detention and re-detention of political and civic society activists, lawyers and journalists,” said Chamisa.

He said the MDC-T was also worried by the continued politicisation of State institutions, adding that as a party, they had no option but to refer the outstanding issues to the guarantors of the GPA for arbitration.

The three principals were expected to announce the resolution of all the outstanding issues last week but it was inexplicable postponed to a yet to be announced date.