- The talks on Zimbabwe's formation of unity government have collapsed once again, prompting the regional SADC bloc to call for an extra-ordinary summit, scheduled for this weekend, possibly in South Africa.
The power-sharing talks hit the wall, once again, when the opposition Movement for Democractic Change (MDC) rejected a proposal brought forward by SADC, for the immediate swearing-in of head of state and of goverment to pave way for the full functional government.
"We note that the essence and substance of the same is to immediately form a government via a process of immediately swearing the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers and the postponement of the resolution of other key issues to the future," MDC said in response to the proposal, saying all outstanding issues should be addressed.
The MDC said its position on the outstanding issues remained the same, calling for their resolution before the formation of a new government.
"The inclusive government should only come into being upon the resolution of the following issues: the equitable distribution of ministerial portfolios; the enactment of a law establishing the National Security Council; the appointment of Governors and other senior appointments; the secession of and reversal of all breaches to the MoU and the GPA, and; the enactment of Constitutional Amendment No. 19," said the MDC.
President Mugabe has continued his threat of forming a government, with or without the opposition, accusing the main MDC faction of blocking progress in the power sharing deal.
However, Mr Mugabe has been reported after the talks, saying he would give the planned SADC weekender a chance to break the impasse.
Following the Monday night collapse of the talks, SADC is now under pressure to forge a way out of the Zimbabwe political stalemate or even call for an international monitored election as a decider.
Waring main political parties of Zimbabwe, the ruling ZANU-PF and opposition MDC have cemented on their stands offering no compromises that could unlock gates into a unity government, while millions of Zimbabweans continue to sink deeper in a multi-combination national crisis.
Political observers have said the new SADC Summit on Zimbabwe could bring out clear cut positions of member states, or possibly open fresh political divisions in the regional bloc. But for some, maybe only prayers can now save the situation in Zimbabwe!
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