Unity Government Talks Deadlock
Harare, January 22, 2010 - Talks to resolve outstanding issues delaying full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) ended in deadlock on Wednesday night amid revelations that Zanu PF and MDC are still poles apart.
Sources told Radio VOP late Thursday that the talks that had opened on Wednesday after a Christmas break but had adjourned to February. The sources said the deadlock still centred on the Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, Attorney General Johannes Tomana, President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba, the swearing in of Roy Bennett as deputy Agriculture Minister and the selection of national heroes.
Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga of the Arthur Mutambara faction and Finance Minister Tendai Biti confirmed the talks had resumed Wednesday and had broken later that night. Misihairambwi-Mushonga said indications were that the dialogue would resume when all parties were ready after the latest deadlock.
“We met and have taken a break. We will re-group when all of us are ready. At the moment some negotiators are not ready,” she said.
Biti said Zanu PF continued to be intransigent during the Wednesday talks. “ We are likely to meet on 18 February but if the truth be told Zanu PF has not moved an inch. Zanu PF is not moving at all on the outstanding issues.”
South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma has asked MDC leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to be flexible and park some of the issues. He has called for an early election as a solution to some of the outstanding issues, a suggestion which Tsvangirai has dismissed.