Parties petition Zuma

Four political parties outside the Government of National Unity on Friday petitioned the South African President, Jacob Zuma, who is the Sadc facilitator to interparty dialogue in Zimbabwe, demanding to meet him to discuss the future of Zimbabwe.

Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma

The four parties, Democratic Party led by Wurayayi Zembe, Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu, MDC99 whose president is Job Sikhala and Zanu Donga led by Reketayi Semwayo, called for their inclusion in Zimbabwe’s political processes.

They charged that their views were persistently ignored, particularly in the ongoing constitution making process which Zanu (PF), MDC-T and MDC-N were ‘‘monopolising’’.

Reading the petition on behalf of his counterparts at a press conference in Harare, Dabengwa said the coalition government set up in early 2009 had ‘‘failed to be an inclusive arena for popular participation as the secretive process is serving partisan political electoral agendas of the three political parties” in the drafting of the new constitution.

MDC-T, the smaller breakaway MDC then led by Arthur Mutambara and Zanu (PF) signed the Global Political Agreement in September 2008 that provided a roadmap meant to a transition to democracy in Zimbabwe.

The GPA gave rise to the GNU and provided for the making of a new constitution.

Dabengwa said there could not be credible elections without their inclusion.

Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn did not attend, despite its leader having garnered 8 percent of the presidential vote in the first round in March 2008.

MKD however gave moral support to the four party petition.

The petitioners handed their demands to the South African High Commission after the press conference.

Zuma is expected to come to Harare in his efforts to find a lasting solution to the intra-party squabbling that is undermining political, economic and social revival of the country.

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