War Collaborators Set For Demo Over Sanctions

The members are accusing Prime Minister and MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai of delaying the full implementation of Global Political Agreement (GPA) by not calling on the West to remove sanctions. The GPA was signed by Zanu PF and the two MDC formations and resulted in the set up of an inclusive government last February.

Namatirai Chivhanga, a councilor in Masvingo city and provincial chairperson for ZILWACA said: “We are not doing this for fun, there is no going back. All comrades are here and we are sure the demonstration is going ahead as planned.”

“Our main mission is to tell Tsvangirai that he must be serious in lobbying for the removal of sanctions. MDC, is delaying progress in
the talks and Tsvangirai must not take Zimbabweans for a ride, we demand removal of sanctions now,” said Chivhanga.

Chivhanga is also vying to be a Member of Parliament for Masvingo West constituency in the next elections.

Masvingo police spokesperson said the demonstration will go ahead because the police was given notice.

“It’s a peaceful demonstration and the police was informed well in time. They will be allowed to go ahead as long as they won’t be
violent,” said Assistant Inspector Prosper Mugauri.

Police here on Monday beat and arrested  Zimbabwe students from tertiary institutions who had staged a demonstration demanding the full implementation of the GPA and a revamp of the country’s education system.

President Robert Mugabe has said there will be no more negotiations on talks to resolve outstanding issues stalling the GPA if the issue of sanctions has not been dealt with.

The Zimbabwe interparty talks that have been going on for the past week in Harare, although shrouded in secrecy, have failed to meet a deadline set up by the mediator South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma on his recent visit to Zimbabwe. Zuma, who said the parties had agreed to a package of measures, had expected the negotiators to finalise all oustanding issues by Tuesday, before a report is sent to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

However Mugabe has said nothing was agreed on.

MDC is seeking for the removal of the Attorney General Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, saying their appointments were irregular and not in the spirit of GPA. MDC also wants the swearing in of its treasurer general, Roy Bennett, as the country’s deputy minister of Agriculture. But Mugabe has said Tomana and Gono will not go anywhere and has denied swearing in of Bennett because he is facing treason charges. MDC says Bennett’s charges are trumped up.

Bennett is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.