Tsvangirai lobbies SADC heads

Harare, – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai left Harare Tuesday morning to meet Zambian president Rupiah Banda as he steps up effort to urge southern African leaders to reign in on president Robert Mugabe.\r\n

Tsvangirai accuses Mugabe of unilateralism and violation of the Zimbabwe constitution. This follows Mugabe’s continued unilateral appointments of government officials without consulting the premier.

The global political agreement requires Mugabe to consult Tsvangirai before making any senior government officials.

The latest fight comes after Mugabe re-assigned the ten provincial governors from his Zanu (PF) party.

Tsvangirai says he was not consulted before the recent appointments. The parties to the unity government agreed in negotiations on a formular to appoint gorvenors. But Mugabe re-assigned his ten gorvenors without the knowledge of Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara.

This has led Tsvangirai to launch a diplomatic offensive to push the regional leaders, who have been reluctant so far, to deal with Mugabe.

The Premier’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka could not be reached for comment as he travelled with his boss to Zambia. Tsvangirai was expected back in Harare Tuesday night.

Sources in the Prime Minister’s office said Tsvangirai was due to meet other regional leaders this week in a bid to urge the leaders to stamp authority on Mugabe.

The diplomatic offensive comes at a time when Tsvangirai is going around the country re-engaging with his supporters.

The sources said the diplomatic offensive is in line with the reconnection drive. – Radio VOP