Tsvangirai meets with chief negotiators.

morgan_tsvangiraiHARARE, - PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday met with chief negotiators from his party and ZANU PF as the coalition government moved to try and beat the deadlines set by the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika on the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

In attendance at the meeting on Monday morning included ZANU PF chief negotiators Patrick Chinamasa, Nicholas Goche and Movement Democratic Change (MDC) T secretary general Tendai Biti.

Welshman Ncube, the secretary general of the MDC and his deputy Priscilla Misiharambwi-Mushonga, the chief negotiators from the Arthur Mutambara led party, were failed to attend the meeting due to other pressing issues.

Sources said yesterday’s meeting was a follow-up to a Friday in which the three principals to the GPA held private deliberations on the way forward of the coalition government.

“The negotiators met with the Prime Minister today (Monday). The meeting was good. They were not re-negotiating but dealt on the when and how of the implementation of the GPA as directed by the recent SADC troika,” said James Maridadi, the spokesman for the Prime Minister.

“They met and discussed the urgency of business at hand. Because other negotiators were not available due to other pressing issues, the PM has taken it upon himself to brief them, especially those from the MDC M camp, on what transpired and the way forward regarding the implementation of the GPA,” said Maridadi.

The PM’s spokesman could not exactly state what tangibles were discussed, especially the issues relating to the outstanding issues such as the reversal of the appointments of central bank governor Gideon Gono and Attorney general Johannes Tomana.

“I can’t go to finer details save to say that the Prime Minister indeed met with the chief negotiators,” he said.

Chinamasa confirmed meeting the Prime Minister. “We had a meeting as negotiators with the Prime Minister but I can’t disclose the nature of the deliberations in the media,” said Chinamasa.

Negotiations between the three principals was supposed to begin in earnest on Monday but sources said the unavailability of the MDC M negotiators forced Prime Minister to postponed the crucial indaba to Monday next week, sources in the inclusive government added. Ncube and Misihairambwi-Mushonga are only expected back in the country on 23 and

25 November respectively.

The MDC T has continuously accused the MDC M of siding with President Mugabe during the Maputo summit.

While ZANU PF says the only outstanding issues in the GPA are targeted sanctions slammed President Mugabe and his inter circles, the so-called pirate radio stations and alleged foreign interference in the country’s internal matters, the MDC T has produced a dossier of issues it wants resolved.

Top among the outstanding issues is the reversal of senior appointments of central bank governor Gideon Gono, attorney general Johannes Tomana, the setting up a national security council, and the appointment of provincial governors according to an agreed formula between the three principals.

The regional leaders have given the three protagonists 30 days from 5 November, 2009 to sort out the outstanding issues and other problems bedeviling the inclusive government formed in February this year.

There are concerns that hardliners in ZANU PF are vehemently against the success of the coalition government as they want the pre March

2008 status quo to prevail.

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