In remarks clearly designed to show South African President and regional chairman Jacob Zuma that any attempts to push for Zanu (PF) and MDC-T to share the two key posts will be resisted, a top official of Mugabes party said a dispute over the two appointments was an internal matter for Zimbabwes unity government to resolve.
Zanu (PF) deputy spokesman Ephraim Masawi said the party considered the issue of Western sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle a more urgent matter than who should be the countrys central banker or attorney general.
As Zanu (PF) those are internal issues that must be solved between the President, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister. What is hurting us most are sanctions, Masawi said last Tuesday.
We think the Gono (Gideon, central bank chief) and Tomana (Johannes, attorney general) issues are not very serious issues because in any case any appointed person can never be independent, he added.
Reports by South African media last week suggested that Zuma, who met Tsvangirai in Johannesburg about two weeks ago to discuss the deadlock over the two top posts and other problems holding back Zimbabwes unity government, was expected to visit Harare to push for a resolution of the issues.
The reports said Zuma would pressure Mugabe, who gave the central bank and attorney generals jobs to Gono and Tomana without consulting his coalition partners, to agree to give one of the two posts to the MDC-T.
Zuma is expected to visit Zimbabwe in response to an invitation from the Zimbabwean government, but an official state visit is not yet on the cards. ?
The South African President is considered more sympathetic to Tsvangirai but he will next month step down as chairman of the Southern African Development Community with Mugabe ally and Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila assuming the rotating regional chair.
Zuma is said to be determined to find a solution to problems besetting Zimbabwes unity government before passing the regional chair to Kabila.
HARARE President Robert Mugabes Zanu (PF) party last week said it saw no need for outside help to break a deadlock with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirais MDC party over appointment of Zimbabwes central bank chief and attorney general. (Pictured: JACOB ZUMA -- Considered more sympathetic to Tsvangirai)