It is now 24 months after the then South African president Thabo Mbeki flaunted a defective power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabes Zanu (PF) party and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations as the panacea for Zimbabwes decade-long political crisis.
But still nothing has changed on the countrys political landscape only that Mugabe has perfected his game and has been outwitting his coalition and regional partners at every turn.
Political commentators say Mugabe, who was under pressure to equally share power with arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai when he was forced to sign the global political agreement (GPA) on September 15, 2008, has clawed back lost ground and his party now looks to be in total control with the MDC on the back foot.
From the beginning Mugabe did not want this thing to work, he wanted to buy time and as you can see now he is back to his default mode, said University of Zimbabwe political analyst John Makumbe.
The ageing Zimbabwean leader remains firmly in control of the levers of power.
His strategy has been to drag out the unity government, buying time to
rebuild his faction-riddled Zanu (PF) and his unilateral actions have
left the fragile regime in limbo while his opponents have at best been
able to only give muffled responses.
An analysis of the coalition government by pressure group Sokwanele
shows that at least 8 000 breaches of the GPA have been recorded since
the pact was signed two years ago.
According to the Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch published by
Sokwanele, the biggest breaches involved Article XI of the GPA which
deals with the rule of law and the respect of the Constitution and
More than 2 000 breaches of this section of the GPA had been recorded
by the end of June this year, followed by more than 1 300 violations
of Article XVIII dealing with the security of persons and prevention
Mugabe has openly incited his Zanu (PF) supporters to grab the
remaining farms owned by white farmers whom he accuses of working with
the West to plot his ouster from power.
200 farms raided
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has previously ordered the arrest and
prosecution of illegal farm occupiers but his word has largely been
ignored, with targeted white farmers reporting continuing invasions of
their properties and disruption of farming activities.
The Commercial Farmers Union says invaders have raided at least 200 of
the about 300 remaining white-owned commercial farms since the
formation of the coalition regime last year.
Other violations cited by Sokwanele include breaches of Articles VII
and XIII dealing with the promotion of equality among Zimbabweans, and
the politicisation of state organs and institutions.
Despite denials by Zanu (PF), the state organs such as the police
force and army have been heavily politicised, compromising their role
as non-partisan bodies.
Mugabe has also refused to swear in a top Tsvangirai ally, Roy
Bennett, even after the High Court acquitted him of the treason
charges for which he was arrested. The state has appealed against
The 86-year-old Mugabe, who accuses Tsvangirai of campaigning for
imposition by Western countries of visa and financial sanctions
against him and top officials of his Zanu (PF) party, says he will not
change his stance on the growing list of disputes with the Premier
unless the former opposition leader calls for lifting of the punitive
Tsvangirai denies responsibility for calling for lifting of sanctions
and says instead Mugabe should allow democratic reforms in the country
to persuade Western governments to scrap sanctions.Post published in: Zimbabwe News