Tsvangirai says he won't pull out of government

HARARE – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says he will not pull out of the inclusive government despite flagrant violations of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) by President Robert Mugabe and his allies in Zanu PF.\r\n

“Who doesn’t know that this unity Government is a shared compromise? Mugabe alone cannot constitute the GPA, he came begging me to form the transitional government with him,” Tsvangirai told his supporters in Harare’s Mabvuku township, Tuesday during a consultative meeting.

The MDC leader said he was the legitimate winner of the elections and would not walk away from government regardless of  frustrations that have been brought by Mugabe who has  not been forthcoming  in implementing fully the GPA.

“If Mugabe thinks we can leave this transitional Government then he must forget, it.  It is him who is supposed to leave it because the MDC won the elections; we don’t want to be diverted from our goal which is to respect the will of the people,” said Tsvangirai.

Mugabe has been accused of mutilating the GPA by making unilateral appointments and refusing to swear in MDC treasurer general Roy Bennett as deputy minister for Agriculture.

The ageing Zimbabwe leader at first contended that Bennett had to be cleared by courts before being sworn in after the combative MDC strongman was arraigned before the High Court to answer charges of terrorism.

He has been since cleared although police say they might bring fresh charges against the former Chimanimani legislator.

Tsvangirai has said he won’t recognise any of the appointments which Mugabe made unilaterally including those of ambassadors, governors, and central bank boss Gideon Gono and the Attorney General, Johannes Tomana.

An infuriated Tsvangirai has also written to the European Union, South Africa and the UN urging them to ignore Mugabe’s ambassadorial appointees.

The EU has said it is taking the Prime Minister’s letter seriously and its legislators have out rightly rejected the appointment of Margaret Muchada to the EU although the body is yet to make a decision.

Tsvangirai told his supporters that he is ready for elections which he has agreed to with Mugabe but assured his supporters that there won’t be violence.

“I can assure you there will be no violence because we will use all our powers nationally, regionally and internationally to have a credible election. We are tired of people who want to intimidate people if they want violent elections why don’t they do it alone,”

“We need international observers, SADC must bring peace keeping force who will be monitoring the situation. Only a peaceful, credible and legitimate election will solve us from this ZANU PF mess.

What happened in 2008 must not be repeated,” Tsvangirai told his supporters.

Rights groups and western countries have also implored Sadc, the African Union and the United Nations to deploy peace-keeping forces before, on and after elections.

Concerns have been heightened following violence and intimidation during the constitutional outreach meetings.

Pro-democracy groups and the civic society, however, remain wary of Zanu PF threats and are yet to see repentance from the liberation movement whose supporters have been fingered in previous violence.

They argue that the national healing which should have been the first serious step in addressing  the wrongs of 2008 pre run-off violence, has not taken place.

Instead, suspicion and vengeance, argue the groups, are still etched in the minds of victims of the 2008 violence which erupted in Mashonaland East and Central provinces, respectively. – Daily News