Zimbabwe Prime Minister committed to political accord

Maputo – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, on Wednesday said that he remained committed to the global political agreement (GPA) the official Mozambique News Agency (AIM) reported on Wednesday

Tsvangirai, leader of the former opposition Movement of Democratic Changes (MDC), told reporters after meeting the SADC chairman for the organ of politics and security, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza late Tuesday in central Mozambique, that he remained committed to the agreement which he signed with Mugabe’s ZANU (PF) party.

"I met with President Guebuza to analyse the crisis that has hit the Zimbabwean inclusive government. Guebuza promised me that a mission from the troika will visit Zimbabwe to review the GPA," said Tsvangirai.

MDC’s fears were that ZANU-PF had not negotiated the deal with it in good faith months after becoming the Prime Minister of the inclusive government formed in February, he said, according to the AIM’s report.

The Premier added that some pending issues remained unsolved since the deal was done.

Key among these were Mugabe’s unilateral re-appointment as governor of the central bank, Gideon Gono, the man who oversaw the destruction of the Zimbabwe currency, and grotesque levels of hyper-inflation, second only in recent history to the Hungarian inflation of 1946, the agency said.

A second unilateral appointment by Mugabe that the MDC rejects is that of Johannes Tomana as Attorney General. He is accused of harassing human rights activists, while taking no measures against the ZANU-PF militias responsible for murdering opposition activists during the 2008 elections, according to the agency report.

According to AIM, the MDC’s patience with ZANU-PF snapped last week when the MDC treasurer and appointee for the post of Deputy Agriculture Minister, Roy Bennett, was re-arrested on spurious treason charges, and Tsvangirai announced that the MDC was "disengaging" from the inclusive government – but not resigning from it.

Other issues related to implementing the GPA that remain unsolved include the appointment of provincial governors, a promised audit of land ownership, and the transformation of the public media so that they are no longer ZANU-PF mouthpieces.