Admit GNU failure: MDC99

After failing to convince partners in the Government of National Unity to replace the unity government with a transitional administration, the MDC99 led by Job Sikhala has called upon South African President Jacob Zuma to acknowledge the failure of the negotiations and the need to form a transitional framework.

Job Sikhala
Job Sikhala

On Wednesday, Zanu (PF) said that there would not be any further talks between the feuding partners in the GNU, despite the fact that the Global Political Agreement is still to be fully consummated.

Apart from that, the Electoral roadmap that will ensure that elections be held peacefully is yet to be agreed upon by the partners.

"It is clear that the MDC-T has withdrawn their co-operation from implementing negotiated and agreed positions. We no longer have the energy, inclination or willingness to maintain the team of negotiators as a forum of resolving any disagreements," Zanu (PF) negotiator, Patrick Chinamasa, said.

In August Sikhala wrote to the partners in the GNU, calling for the disbandment of the structure, but the partners did not respond to him and now he is counting on Zuma.

“We approached Zuma with our petition. We have demanded from Zuma that he acknowledges the failure of the GNU, the failure of more attempts at negotiations as well as lack of chances to create any credible road map.”

Sikhlala’s dream transitional government would be comprised of representatives from all political parties, civil society and civil groups. It would be headed by a respected cleric who would undertake the mandate of preparing the country for free and fair elections.

Zanu (PF) is pushing for an early poll with minimal electoral reforms and Sikhala said going to polls under the present arrangement would be “committing the nation to bloodbath”.

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