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to begin consultations on pulling out of unity govt
Lance Guma, SW Radio Africa
September 18, 2009
The MDC says
it will begin a series of consultations and feedback rallies this
weekend to assess whether to remain in the shaky power-sharing government
with ZANU PF. In a press statement issued Friday the party said
it would consult its supporters and 'the people of Zimbabwe
. . . on the progress and the challenges facing the inclusive government.'
Starting this weekend 9 major rallies have been lined up across
the country, with a least 39 ward consultations in six provinces
meant to gauge the feeling of its members.
The MDC said this 'engagement'
is in line with resolutions made by the National Council in Bulawayo
last weekend. On Wednesday, party spokesman Nelson Chamisa told
Newsreel they had given themselves one month to finish the exercise
and make a decision about their continued participation in the unity
government. He said the exercise would look at whether the inclusive
government was a worthwhile and sustainable 'vehicle for real
change and democracy in Zimbabwe'.
In Kariba at Kamhunga
Stadium, MDC Treasurer-General and Senator Roy Bennett, who has
been waiting seven months to be sworn in as Deputy Agriculture Minister,
has been lined up as a guest speaker. Spokesman Nelson Chamisa will
address a rally in Buhera North while Senator Morgan Komichi will
be in Gokwe.
There is growing disillusionment
within MDC ranks over the refusal by ZANU PF to honour its obligations
under the unity deal. Over 7 months since the government was formed
MDC appointed governors have not yet been sworn in and attempts
continue apace by ZANU PF to take the telecommunications sector
from the ministry controlled by Chamisa. Farm seizures and disturbances
continue unabated, while the disputed unilateral appointments of
Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes
Tomana remain unresolved.
The coalition in general
has been plagued by a lack of sincerity from ZANU PF. Mugabe's
spokesman George Charamba has been given unfettered control of the
state media and has been abusing it to spew hate speech against
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC and private independent
Zimbabwe media. Parliamentarians from the MDC and other party officials
continue to be selectively victimized by the police and the Attorney
General's office. The same AG's office refuses to prosecute
ZANU PF thugs responsible for last year's bloody election
In different parts of
the country MDC activists continue to be victimized. Last week in
Mt Darwin two activists, Rebecca Chavunduka and Paul Chamboko, fled
their homes in Kapiripiri village after being threatened by ZANU
PF supporters. A colonel Zonge in the Zimbabwe National Army is
said to be carrying out a 'clean-up exercise' of MDC
supporters in the area. Zonge has even promised his hired thugs
a new vehicle to use in their terror operations. Last year the same
colonel was one of over 200 senior army officers deployed countrywide
to carry out a campaign of terror and murder against opposition
supporters, ahead of the one-man presidential run-off vote.
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