Tsvangirai To Appeal To SADC

SADC are the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) Tsvangirai signed with President Robert Mugabe and the leader of the small MDC faction Arthur Mutambara in September 2008.

Tsvangirai told the diplomats that Zanu PF was continually undermining the transitional government by their refusal to abide by the commitments they signed in September 2008.

“The cost of this crisis to the people of Zimbabwe is becoming too great to bear. Despite our patience, the talks to resolve the outstanding issues of the GPA have achieved no significant results and thus I am now scheduling urgent consultations with the guarantors of the GPA,” said Tsvangirai.

Zanu PF has been calling for the remova1of sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe’s inner circle by the West before any reforms could be implemented. But Tsvangirai said Zanu PF is to blame for the imposition of the measures.

“We understand that Zanu PF were the authors of these restrictions and we expect the international community to review them in line with democratic progress and reforms within Zimbabwe,” said Tsvangirai.

The West imposed travel and financial restrictions on Mugabe’s close allies because of a string of stolen elections and gross human rights violations.