“I told President Zuma that I am a lawyer and I am not happy to be in a thing which is semi-legal,” Mugabe was quoted as saying by The Sunday Mail, revealing for the first time details of meetings with Zuma last month to try to prevent the collapse of Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government.
The paper quoted Mugabe as saying: “Our authority as a government does not derive from a properly constituted constitutional position but from a makeshift arrangement and Zimbabweans should never be governed on such a makeshift arrangement for too long.
“I feel awkward in a thing like that, absolutely awkward.”
Mugabe,Tsvangirai and the leader of the other formation of the MDC Arthur Mutambara formed the power-sharing government in 2008 to ease tensions following the bloody elections which cost the lives of more than 200 MDC supporters.Under the terms of the Global Political Agreement negotiated by mediator Thabo Mbeki, the three leaders agreed to share power despite their differences.Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections next year after a new constitution has been adopted.
But the constitution-making process, is reported to be behind schedule amid fears that Mugabe might opt for the Kariba Draft which has been rejected by his coalition partners.Mugabe’s was quoted in local media recently as saying he wanted polls to be held next year despite objections by the smaller faction of the MDC and most of the country,s civic society organisations.MDC says it is ready for the elections but fears violence amid reports of massive military presence in the villages in some parts of the country.
Tensions have been rising in the unity government following disagreements among top government officials and haggling over the allocation of key jobs.
Last month Tsvangirai asked the high court to revoke Mugabe’s appointment of provincial governors saying he had not been consulted.But Mugabe has refused to reverse the disputed appointments.
“We remain resolute that there won’t be any movement on governors until we see a commitment on the part of the MDC-T to end sanctions and pirate radio stations,” Mugabe was quoted as saying by The Sunday Mail.
The veteran politician and southern Africa,s longest serving ruler accusedTsvangirai of calling for Western sanctions including a travel embargo against himself and members of his inner circle, and of using pirate radio stations broadcasting from abroad to peddle lies about him and his party.
He has vowed not to make compromises on issues hampering the power-sharing government until the United States and the European Union lift the sanctions and close what the so called pirate radio stations-a reference to independent radio stations run by exiled Zimbabweans.The stations include SW Radio Africa, Radio Voice of the People, VOP and Studio 7 which is a department of Voce of America.Zuma was forced to travel to Harare after Tsvangirai boycotted cabinet meetings following Mugabe,s unilateral decision to appoint Zanu (PF) governors when their terms had expired.
“There had been a breakdown of communication between the leadership of the government here. That has been resolved,” he said afterwards.
Mugabe told the paper that regular meetings with Tsvangirai would continue and all the issues would be discussed and resolved.