Remove Sanctions First, Says Mugabe


“The MDC cannot run away from it, they have to get those sanctions off if they want any concessions from us,” Mugabe said.

“Let those issues which worry us such as sanctions, be addressed and that is when we will talk about governors. There are no more concessions. We will never ever move on those ones but they (MDC) are still insisting.”

Mugabe’s statements comes at a time when the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in a summit held in Namibia, concluded that Zimbabwe parties to the Global Political Agreement (GPA)  resolve their differences in one month to restore confidence in the inclusive government.

In a statement released Friday the MDC led by Tsvangirai dismissed statements by Zanu (PF) officials in the state media. The statement said that provincial governors must be appointed concurrently with the removal of sanctions.

“The MDC dismisses the misleading and mischievous report in today’s issue of The Herald that the three principals to the (GPA) agreed that the appointment of provincial governors be done concurrently with the lifting of restrictive measures,” the MDC said in a statement.

“The MDC’s position is that restrictive measures are a bilateral issue between Zanu (PF) and those who imposed them on grounds of a deficit of good governance on the part of Zanu (PF). It has always been our contention that the authorship of restrictive measures is located on the doorstep of Zanu PF.”

Other issues still outstanding in the GPA include the appointment of MDC’s Roy Bennett to the post of deputy minister of Agriculture, the appointment of the Reserve Bank governor and the Attorney General.