Sikhala blasts selfish Zimbabwean leaders

HARARE – The controversial former MDC legislator for St Mary’s in Chitungwiza, Job Sikhala, on Wednesday launched an astonishing verbal attack on Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara, labelling the trio ‘greedy’ for political power.

Calling the leaders ‘the three musketeers’ Sikhala in a remarkable broadside, vowed to denounce the leaders as self centred and not interested in the welfare of millions of Zimbabweans struggling to make ends meet.

‘They don’t have the interests of people at heart, if they had wanted to, they would have concluded this thing (cabinet sharing) a long time ago,’ Sikhala said.

In another blistering attack on the ‘failure of leadership’Sikhala blamed the politicians for holding the country to ransom; ‘They are all greedy, they talk about power…power and more power and not the people who are living under difficult and extremely poor conditions. Every single day now is an engagement to negotiate to stay afloat.’

Challenged to substaintiate claims that all the leaders were greedy for power, the outspoken former MP said; ‘I’m prepared to stand at any platform and denounce them as power-sharks, not people centred but self centred.’

Sikhala, who has in the past lobbed verbal grenades at Tsvangirai and Mugabe, but not Mutambara, said the leaders should set aside their personal differences and work for the good of the nation as their intrasigence over the deal was threatening the future of the country.

He also delivered a salvo againt Mutambara who he claims was not immune to criticism. ‘If for some reason he decides to be silly, I will tell him to his face that he’s also being greedy.’

Negotiators went back to the drawing board Wednesday to try and thrash out agreements over the allocation of cabinet posts. But, as has become the norm, they resolved nothing. MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa said ZANU PF is still resisting the issue of sharing the ministries and governors.

Chamisa said: "If we were centimeters apart we are now meters apart. The zone of difference seems to be growing by the day. In fact ZANU PF’s perspective is quite different from us. We are worlds apart. We don’t think that they are genuine in this deal and not interested and they want to play games with the people of Zimbabwe."

Chamisa said the MDC is referring the matter to SADC and the African Union. But many analysts believe the only way forward is for the MDC to pull out of the controversial and dishonest talks with ZANU PF.

With Zimbabweans desperate for a solution many questions are beginning to be raised as to why the MDC continues to wait for ZANU PF, and does not flex their muscles.

On Wednesday MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai had called for a press briefing on the stalled negotiations at his house in Harare, but the conference was cancelled last minute because ZANU PF called for yet another round of negotiations.

This is the second time in recent days that the MDC leader has cancelled a report-back session, leaving some analysts to believe the MDC are just being played with by ZANU PF, which quickly resumes discussions when it appears the MDC is pulling out.

Meanwhile ZANU PF officials are criticising the MDC for ‘putting the power-sharing talks at risk by speaking publicly about the negotiations." But Zanu PF officials such as Patrick Chinamasa and Nicholas Goche have issued statements in the state media on the status of the talks and it was Robert Mugabe who said, on his return from a UN summit in New York; "We discussed the ministries the day before I left. There were four left which we referred to our negotiators to discuss."
When asked about the criticism from ZANU PF, the MDC spokesperson said if there is nothing to hide, ZANU PF would not be worried about the statements being made to the public.

Journalist Tanonoka Hwande says there is "absolutely nothing" in the power sharing agreement that the MDC should have signed; "It’s all ZANU PF language, it’s all ZANU PF intentions and it’s all the things that ZANU PF has been doing during the last 28 years."

He went on to ask: "So what I would like to know from Tendai Biti and Mr. Tsvangirai and everyone else is what was in that document that the MDC felt was necessary to put their signatures on?"

Zimbabwe is at a standstill and some people are increasingly critical of the MDC for what they are saying is its inability to see opportunities and to capitalise on them.

Another observer, speaking on condition of anonymity said: ‘In Zimbabwe, politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant." – Sw Radio Africa