Norway Ambassador Blasts Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Leaders

The GPA signed by Zanu (PF)’s President Robert Mugabe and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) faction leaders Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara in 2008, has stalled due to outstanding issues regarding the swearing in of MDC’s Roy Bennett as deputy Minister of Agriculture, the reversal of appointments of Gideon Gono as Reserve Bank Governor and Johannes Tomana as Attorney General as well as the removal of western sanctions on Zimbabwe, among other issues.

Foreland said the three principals were not being considerate to the people and urged the South African mediator, President Jacob Zuma, to speed up the process in order to urgently solve outstanding issues.

“Speed up the talking. Start implementing what you have agreed on,” he told Radio VOP on Tuesday. “Solve the outstanding issues and deliver to the people because they have great hopes in you and the inclusive government.”

“We expected quick implementation of the GPA, a new constitution and fresh elections,” he said. “We hope President Zuma and his facilitation team will speed up things. As foreigners, we remain observers. We understand that there are difficult issues that Zimbabweans themselves cannot do alone but their hope remains in SADC (Southern African Development Community) and South Afirca to solve.”

Tsvangirai has called for an urgent SADC summit.