Dozens of refugees board buses at Park Station to Zim immediately after signing ceremony

HARARE: FINALLY, it has happened for Zimbabwe! The deal has been sealed.
Zanu PF leader and head of state president Robert Mugabe put pen to paper whilst the new prime minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai was also in cloud nine as he was assisted by South African President Thabo Mbeki to sign.

The power-sharing deal was witnessed by other Southern African Development Community (SADC) heads of state, among them presidents Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, who is also the chairman of the African Union (AU), King Mswati III of Swaziland, who is also the acting chairman of SADC’s defence and political organ and high powered delegation from South Africa.
Other regional leaders, who witnessed this historic moment for Zimbabwe included Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba, President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana, Mozambican Presi-dent Armando Guebuza, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili of Lesotho and representatives from the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) respectively.
The deal signifies the end of Zimbabwe’s eight year political impasse as well as economic crisis that besieged the then breadbasket of Southern Africa Development Community.
Thousands of both Zanu (PF) and MDC were standing next to each other as the power-sharing deal was being signed at the Harare International Conference Centre, popularly known as The Sheraton Hotel.
“Zvazoitika nhasi,” which literally mean “It has happened today!”.
ASs for Monday, there was no fighting between the arch-rival supporters of both Zanu PF) and MDC as they briefly learnt to be one nation, one Zimbabwe.
In South Africa, thousands of Zimbabweans buying food and other basic commodities in South Africa could be seen similing all the way to their buses boarding back home.
“I am sure this could be my last trip of coming to Johannesburg to buy food. I believe food shortages will be water under the bridge. Shortage of basic commodities will be the thing of the past, I mean history. I am safely saying goodbye South Africa,” said Mandla Khumalo of Tshabalala, Bulawayo.
Previous Takavarasha of Masvingo, who was boarding Pioneer Luxury Bus at Park Station says:  “I do not have mone yet, but I am going back home to start a new future.
“I am was a refugee at Mehtodist Central for two years now, and I do not have to wait for Morgan Tsvangirai to announce that some of us who were on police wanted list have been freed.  If they wish to arrest, then let it be so, but I am in this bus going back to my motherland,” said Takavarasha.
About 200 Zimbabwe refugees and asylum seekers boarded buses infront of CAJ News crew on Monday, returning to Zimbabwe. Some just went without enough cash for transport, convincing the bus drivers that they would pay upon arrival.
“Yes, I nearly forced them to disembark, but my manager allowed these five passengers in hoping they will stick to their word and pay for transport uppon arrival.
Morale was high almost throughout Park Station, surrounding areas of Braamfontein, Hillbrow, Yeoville and Berea.
The signing of the power-sharing deal is expected to end the eight year economic meltdown, inflation of above 11.2 million percent, unemployment, shortage of basic commodities and fuel, among them company closures

—CAJ News.

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