Chinamasa pissed by Tsvangirai's growing regional influence

HARARE – Robert Mugabe's outspoken Justice Minister and Zanu-PF Chief Negotiator to the GPA, Patrick Chinamasa has attacked Prime Minister and MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai for what he called "misinformation" to the SADC leaders on the situation prevailing in the country.

Chinamasa castigated Prime Minister Tsvangirai, likening him to a whirl-wind which has no direction following the MDC-T leader’s regional tour of SADC countries ahead of the Troika Summit.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai told the SADC leaders that there is violence in the country and the situation is not conducive for the holding of elections.

“His [PM Tsvangirai] utterances exposed him and his party’s desperate attempt to stop the general elections set for this year,” Chinamasa said.

He added that not much should be expected from the coming of the SADC facilitation team, which is expected in the country this week to get an update on the progress since the inception of the inclusive government. 

Last week, Zanu (PF) Spokesperson Rugare Gumbo dismissed as an exercise in futility the regional campaign by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Gumbo said the MDC leader was ill-advised and displayed lack of knowledge international relations. “We are meant to present our case to the SADC Troika, but he is already going on campaigns before the troika meets.

“It is these sort of things that show that these people do not understand the complexities of politics,” said Gumbo

We wish him good luck,” said Gumbo. Tsvangirai, who met the leaders of Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.

Last week during it’s meeting in Livingstone, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation summit on Thursday night slamed President Mugabe and called for an end to political violence in Zimbabwe.

Members of SADC troika on Politics, Defence and Security that include President Rupiah Banda as chairperson, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, who is deputy chairperson and facilitator in Zimbabwe, Mozambique’s Armando Guebuza received a report from Zuma about the political situation in Zimbabwe.

Rattled, Zanu PF President Robert Mugabe reacted sharply and attacked the SADC block’s facilitator, South African President Jacob Zuma and his team to stop dictating how Zimbabwe should run its affairs insisting that his duty is only to monitor and give recommendations on the prevailing political situation ahead of elections expected this year.

Libyan Crisis

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has said Africa will continue to insist on a peaceful solution and dialogue and not armed confrontation in resolving the Libyan issue.

Recent developments in Libya which have seen the formation of a military coalition by western powers which has been bombarding Libya have left many pan-Africanists questioning the role Africa is playing in the unfolding scenario.

While the African Union Peace and Security Council resolved to study the situation and see what action can be taken, the whole plan has been overtaken by the advent of the westerners on the scene.

While claiming that they want to enforce the UN Resolution 1973, which stipulates a no-fly zone in Libya, the damage that has been inflicted is so grave, making it clear that the aim of the Western countries is regime change.

These sentiments were recently confirmed at the last western summit held in Britain where British Prime Minister David Cameron said he could not rule out the idea of arming rebels in Libya.

The African Union did not attend that summit, and neither did it attend the first one that was held in France.

Onlookers have expressed concern on why Africa is not in the driving seat in resolving the continent’s problems.

Minister Mumbengegwi says the African panel set up to examine the issue should be given time.

He said the absence of the African Union at the two meetings organised by the west is clear testimony that Africa’s agenda on Libya is diametrically the opposite of what the West wants.

The African panel which was set up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Peace and Security Council meeting comprises Mauritanian President Ould Abdel Aziz, South African President Jacob Zuma, Congo Brazzaville’s Denis Sassou Nguesso and Mali’s Amadou Toumani Toure.