EU condemns Robert Mugabe Ministeries allocations

BRUSSELS – The European Union (EU) has condemned moves by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe to take control of key ministries in defiance of a power-sharing deal with opposition parties.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the EU does not support what he terms the attempted power grab being made by the Mugabe regime. He was addressing EU foreign ministers currently meeting in Luxembourg.

Miliband says he hopes former president Thabo Mbeki can mediate a solution that will allow opposition groups to share power with Mugabe as was agreed in September.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the UN, Boniface Chidyausiku, says the post of finance minister is still open for negotiation.

The government and the opposition MDC remain deadlocked over cabinet posts. President Robert Mugabe has already allocated key cabinet posts to his own Zanu-PF party.

Mbeki is due in Harare today for further mediation efforts aimed at breaking the impasse. Mbeki will be accompanied by former provincial and local government minister Sydney Mufamadi, Director-General in the Presidency Frank Chikane and advocate Mojanku Gumbi. The group will return to South Africa tomorrow.