Zimbabwe: Mugabe to Restore MDC Ministers` Mandates

source: allAfrica
Zimbabwe Standard (Harare)
Vusumuzi Sifile
20 March 2010

Harare — THE Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday said it was encouraged by South African President Jacob Zuma’s intervention, which saw the parties agreeing to a “package of measures”.

Zuma, who was in the country between Tuesday and Thursday, announced that the two MDC formations and Zanu PF had reached consensus on a number of issues threatening the one-year-old inclusive government.

Negotiators from the two parties will now meet on Thursday, Friday and Monday next week, after which they will present a progress report to Zuma on March 31.

Although the finer details of the agreement that was reached remains a closely guarded secret, sources say one of the major breakthroughs was a commitment by President Robert Mugabe to restore the mandates of MDC ministers, which he took away recently.

Zuma’s direct contact with Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and [continue reading]

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