Robert Mugabe not serious about unity government – Biti

HARARE – Zimbabwe's opposition MDC said on Tuesday President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF was not ready to enter into a "genuine" cooperative government under a power-sharing deal.

MDC Secretary-General Tendai Biti said the allocation of ministries was still being discussed in talks on forming a cabinet. He said the opposition party was committed to reaching an agreement but would not accept a bad deal.

A regional meeting failed to break a deadlock threatening Zimbabwe’s power-sharing accord on Monday, prompting the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) to call for an urgent full-scale summit on the crisis.

Officials said the meeting could be held this week or next week in an attempt to persuade Mugabe and opposition factions to implement the accord, widely seen as vital to any effort to pull Zimbabwe out of economic meltdown.

SADC said on Monday the allocation of the interior ministry, which oversees the police force, was a sticking point in negotiations.