Friday, December 05, 2008
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 19:49:00 +0000
MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai
THE leader of the Movement for Democratic Change has been advised by the Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga to boycott the power–sharing agreement, the Zimbabwe Guardian has learnt.
Morgan Tsvangirai arrived in Nairobi, Kenya last night to consult on the ongoing power–sharing talks in Zimbabwe.
Tsvangirai was travelling from Senegal where he held talks with President Abdoulaye Wade and Tanzania where he met Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete who is also the AU chairman on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam.
Tsvangirai asked Kikwete to lead the power-sharing negotiations in Zimbabwe. He also called on Sadc to withdraw from the negotiations and said he did not want South African President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over the talks because former President Thabo Mbeki had failed.
It is understood that President Kikwete told the MDC leader that AU can only assume the responsibility after a resolution by its top organs and further consultations with Sadc.
The MDC leader emerged from a meeting with the Kenyan PM who immediately declared that "Power-sharing is dead in Zimbabwe and will not work with (President Mugabe) who does not really believe in power-sharing."
Odinga said he had advised Tsvangirai to boycott the power–sharing agreement because he (Tsvangirai) “had won” the March 29 elections and should therefore be the President of Zimbabwe.
Odinga also said “(President) Mugabe must be removed from power as power-sharing efforts in his country have ended.”
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change party and President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF agreed to share power on September 11, following the harmonized elections, but negotiations over control of the Ministry of Home Affairs are still taking place.
TSVANGIRAI NOW IN EXILE IN BOTSWANA
The MDC leader left Kenya Thursday for Botswana where he, and his associates, are now believed to be exiled.