Friday, August 29, 2008

Nothing will stop Mugabe from forming a new government

from Zim on line

A senior Zimbabwe official said on Thursday that nothing would stop President Robert Mugabe from appointing a new government while on the same day police broke up an NGO meeting, as Mugabe adopts an increasingly belligerent stance in the face of stalled power-sharing talks with the opposition....

Mugabe had delayed appointing Cabinet or convening Parliament to give chance to power-sharing talks. But the 84-year old leader convened Parliament this week and was quoted by state media as having said he would go ahead and appoint a new Cabinet without the MDC which he said was unwilling to join.

Matonga told the media: "Nothing is going to stop us from forming a new government. We need to move forward, we need to make sure that Zimbabwe regains its status, we need to work on the economy. People are suffering."

The deputy information minister, who dismissed the MDC as “not serious at all”, claimed Mugabe was given permission by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders to form a government after Tsvangirai refused to sign a power-sharing deal that was endorsed by the bloc’s leaders at a summit in South Africa....

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