MDC requests SADC to mediate in deadlocked negotiations

chamisa_nelsonThe national executive council of the MDC has resolved that SADC should be called in to mediate in the long running stalemate between parties in the Global Political Agreement. (Pictured: Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa)

Party spokesman Nelson Chamisa said his party had evaluated the political landscape currently prevailing in the country and found out things were going backwards instead of forward.

We feel the guarantors should be there to resolve outstanding issues and we remain optimistic that the issue will be resolved by President Jacob Zuma as facilitator and SADC as guarantor, Chamisa said.

He said the national executive council will pass on its resolutions to the national council of the party that is scheduled to meet in Harare on Friday. The national council is the decision making body of the MDC. Naturally resolutions that come from the executive council are ratified in full by the national council.

A year after the formation of the inclusive government the MDC is infuriated at the slow pace in implementing the GPA, as well as what analysts see as a deliberate plot by ZANU PF to stall media, electoral and human rights reforms.

This is why we are formally again writing to SADC to request their immediate and timeously intervention in this issue, Chamisa said.

In the past two months cracks have widened between the parties in the inclusive government. Hardline generals and other Mugabe loyalists have been showing public disdain for Tsvangirai and very little in the power sharing agreement has been implemented.

Our Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa said key blocked steps included a land audit, appointment of MDC governors, an end of arbitrary detentions and arrests, public consultations on a new constitution and preparation for elections.

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