Saturday, January 05, 2008

Talks on brink of collapse

From Zim independent

THE Morgan Tsvangirai-led faction of the MDC this week said the Sadc-initiated talks with Zanu PF were on the brink of collapse as the ruling party was backtracking on a transitional constitution and the date for this year's harmonised presidential, legislative and council elections....

The MDC, the sources said, wanted elections moved from March to June this year to allow the agreement to take root, but Zanu PF insists the polls should take place as scheduled.

"The pace at which the transitional constitution was to be implemented determines the election date," Tsvangirai said. "If we are serious about Zimbabwe's future and an election whose process and result are endorsed by all political players and the people of Zimbabwe, then we have to follow the right protocols and procedures."

He said the transitional constitution already agreed to was essential in helping Zimbabwe set up requisite infrastructure for a sound electoral management system, codes for good governance and a human rights regimen between now and the election date.

These, the former trade unionist said, were key factors necessary to spur confidence, redirect the people towards a solution, regenerate hope and to rally the nation to unite in handling sensitive national crisis.

"As things stand today, Mugabe and Zanu PF are merely stringing along with us, when on the ground they are already moving ahead with their plan -- selectively picking up points of agreement and shoving them onto Zimbabwe in a piecemeal manner to present a picture of reform, at home and in Sadc," Tsvangirai claimed....

No comments:

Free hit counters
Free hit counters