Thursday, November 03, 2011
Posted by By Our reporter at 3 November, at 03 : 25 AM
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party says the current negotiations with the MDC-T have come to an end and new platforms should now be explored. The party says it has lost faith with the Global Political Agreement forum of negotiators.
Negotiating teams from Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations met Sadc facilitator South African President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team in Harare on Wednesday.
The team which included Charles Nqakula and Lindiwe Zulu, met with the negotiating teams of Patrick Chinamasa and Jonathan Moyo (Zanu-PF), Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma (MDC-T) and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Moses Mzila Ndlovu (MDC).
Chinamasa said Prof Moyo attended the meeting in place of Nicholas Goche and Emmerson Mnangagwa who were not available yesterday.
He said the Zanu-PF negotiators made it clear to the facilitation team that the forum for negotiators to resolve outstanding issues had failed.
“It is clear that the MDC-T has withdrawn their co-operation from implementing negotiated and agreed positions.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,” Chinamsa said.
However, MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora accused Zanu-PF of trying to delay the resolution of outstanding GPA issues.
Chinamasa accused MDC-T negotiators of refusing to own up to agreements even when signed documents are produced.
“They tend to varicate and ponder in successfully undermining the negotiated and agreed positions.
“This is not the first time they have done this as they have always raised issues that undermine the agreed positions.”
He accused a member of the MDC-T negotiating team (Elton Mangoma) of vowing to undermine the agreed positions.
“He had the temerity to say that he would do everything possible to undermine the agreed position.
“We have lost faith in this forum and we cannot continue drifting into the wilderness. We accept their attitude and we will not be seen to negotiate new issues that they do not own up to,” he said.
The MDC-T negotiating team, he said, lacked the courage to own up to negotiated agreements and positions.
“We took the opportunity to convey our extreme disappointment towards the MDC-T attitude of undermining the forum of negotiators and making them worthless.”
Chinamasa said it took two years to negotiate the Human Rights Bill and electoral Amendments Acts, only for MDC-T to backtrack and refuse to own up to the agreements.
“We feel, as Zanu-PF, that it serves no use to negotiate, agree and subsequently be undermined by people who agreed and appended their signatures.
He said the negotiators had agreed and accepted that they introduce the specific polling station voters’ roll to eliminate the issue of double voting.
“It was discovered that their supporters were guilty of double voting in the last election. We agreed that we should work on a new voters’ roll to ferret any deceased persons,” he said.
Chinamasa said the number of deceased persons appearing on the voters’ roll had been highlighted by Mr Biti.
Biti alleged that there were four million ghost voters on the roll which has just over five million registered voters.
“We have agreed on the new voters’ roll that everyone buys into and eliminates any shortcomings. The MDC-T are refusing to accept despite the fact that it is an agreed position,” he said.
Chinamasa dismissed claims that there was selective application of the law in Zimbabwe.
“No one is ammune to the full application of the law and no one is above the law. We are all subject to the laws of the country.
“They are asking for immunity from arrest and prosecution and that is not the future of Zimbabwe.”
He said the MDC-T should not distort facts to present themselves as victims when they are the perpetrators of both intra and inter-party violence.
Chinamasa reiterated that the security sector reforms was not a GPA issue.
“What we have agreed on and implement is for the inclusion of Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Laws in their curriculum,” he said.