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MDC statement on the state of the SADC mediation talks
for Democratic Change (MDC)
members of the media fraternity, the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the
SADC Organ on Politics Defence and Security Cooperation Troika concluded
in the early hours of the 28th of October 2008. In the communiqué
released by the Troika, pursuant to this summit, the Troika has
decided to refer the Zimbabwe issue to a full summit of SADC which
should be held as soon as possible.
On our part,
we thank the Troika for yet again sacrificing their time, patience
and experience on the issue of Zimbabwe, more particularly, President
Monthlante of South Africa and President Guebuzza of Mozambique
and every other leader who attended the summit. Zimbabwe is privileged
that it can count as friends, countries in the region and distinguished
African statesmen such as President Guebuzza and President Monthlante.
It is regrettable
that the Troika could not narrow the gaps between the Zimbabwe parties.
In our view, an urgent summit towards the resolution of the Zimbabwe
crisis is paramount. Zimbabweans are suffering and dying. The State
has dismally failed to provide the least basic social amenities
and our people have been reduced to a primitive mode of production
in depths that have not been known even in many warring situations.
At the core
of our differences, in our view, is the lack of sincerity and good
faith on the part of Zanu PF. The fact that contrary to the Global
Political Agenda (GPA), Zanu PF is still interfering with the distribution
of humanitarian assistance, and the fact that it is still emasculating
basic freedoms is equally unacceptable.
We condemn in
the strongest language the recent assaults of the members of the
National Students Union (ZINASU) and the continued incarceration
of the members of the Women
of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA). Even yesterday as the dialogue process
was in progress, Zanu PF had the audacity of insulting and assaulting
civic society and MDC activists who were merely expressing their
freedom of expression. That lack of sincerity is demonstrated in
the total disrespect of the MDC and its leader Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai
and the attempt to reduce the same to disinterested bystanders in
the cooperative government despite the fact that it is the MDC that
has the legitimate peoples' mandate following its victory on the
29th of March 2008.
It is our hope
that the SADC Summit will be convened with utmost urgency to deliberate
on the outstanding issues:
- The first
critical outstanding issue is the allocation of portfolio ministries
as enshrined in Article 20.1.6 (5) of the GPA. On this issue,
the firm position of the MDC is that there are fundamental principles
that are key, not just to the MDC, but to the people of Zimbabwe.
- There cannot
be responsibility without authority and,
- There has
to be equitable distribution of portfolio ministries. In this
regard the MDC has suggested a methodology in respect of which
the key ministries are paired in the orders of importance and
relative equality. We identified 10 (ten) key ministries which
we believe are supposed to be shared equitably. For instance,
we have paired Home Affairs to Defence, Justice and Legal Affairs
to Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Mines and Minerals
Development to Environment and Youth to Women. In our view equity
and responsibility with authority can be achieved if the ministries
are therefore allocated on the basis of the above methodology.
is an attempt to ignore or overlook these fundamental principles
and hence the claim in some circles that only the Portfolio Ministry
of Home Affairs is outstanding. Nothing can be further from the
- The second
outstanding issue is the appointment of the ten Provincial Governors
in line with the outcome of the 29th of March elections.
- The third
outstanding issue is the question of the composition, functions
and constitution of the National Security Council. This is a critical
issue in view of the dangerous and partisan role that has been
displayed by the intelligence services in this country.
- The fourth
outstanding issue pertains to the appointment of Permanent Secretaries
- The fifth
outstanding issue is the question of Constitutional Amendment
No. 19 which is the legal document that is necessary and conditional
in bringing the GPA into life.
- The last
point is the morally irreprehensible fact that the fraudulent
alteration of the agreement of the 11th of September 2008 and
the one that was signed
on the 15th of September 2008. It is our understanding that the
Troika in fact made a resolution that it is the agreement of the
11th of September 2008 that should be binding and we are indeed
surprised that it was not captured in the communiqué.
From the above,
it is clear that there is so much that still has to be done and
a lot of goodwill, patience and wisdom, which so far has not been
evident or has not been exercised.
On our part,
we are fully alive to the historical obligations on our shoulders
and the expectations of Zimbabweans. However, the one instruction
that those suffering and abused people have been telling us at our
massive rallies at Zimbabwe Grounds, Mkoba Stadium, Mutungagore
Primary School, White City Stadium , Mamutse Stadium and all over
Zimbabwe is a bold but simple one, A BAD DEAL IS NO DEAL AT ALL.
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