Zimbabwe: MDC to petition Mbeki over Mugabe plans to form government

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
28 August 2008

The MDC leadership has resolved as a matter of urgency to write a letter of protest to South African President Thabo Mbeki about Robert Mugabe’s ‘suicidal mission’ to form a new government.

Apparently rattled by the jeers and heckles he endured during his speech at the official opening of parliament on Tuesday, Mugabe has hit back by threatening to put in place a cabinet of ZANU PF ministers.

MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti said on Thursday they would write a letter of protest to Mbeki the facilitator about the breaches that have occurred to the July 21st Memorandum of Agreement governing the talks.

Article 9 of the MoU, titled ‘Decisions by the Parties’ stipulates that during the period of the dialogue, the parties shall not take any decisions that have a bearing on the agenda of the negotiations, such as convening of parliament or the formation of a new government.
Mugabe’s regime threatened on Thursday to form a new government and that nothing is going to stop them from doing so. ZANU PF MP Bright Matonga said Mugabe got the mandate from SADC to go ahead with the formation of a government.

MDC’s Biti warned that such a move would [continue reading]



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