Monthly Archives: September 2008

Exodus Of South African Ministers Adds To Zimbabwe Power-Sharing Concerns

VOA By Delia Robertson & Blessing Zulu Johannesburg & Washington 23 September 2008 The resignation on Tuesday of 11 South African ministers following that of President Thabo Mbeki increased concern the shuffle in Pretoria could have a negative impact on the delicate power-sharing transition already running into difficulty in Zimbabwe. VOA’s Delia Robertson reported from […]

Making the deal work

The Guardian, Tuesday September 16 2008 Editorial Thabo Mbeki has got his deal in Zimbabwe, although too late, probably, to save his own skin in South Africa. Robert Mugabe retains the presidency and control over the army, and Morgan Tsvangirai, the man who bears the physical scars of his regime, has at last got executive […]

Rivals in Zimbabwe sign power-sharing agreement

New York Times By Celia Dugger 15 September 2008 HARARE, Zimbabwe — After almost three decades of untrammeled power, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Monday signed an agreement that gives his longtime rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, the authority to shape and carry out government policies as the country’s new prime minister. The power-sharing deal, a […]

High Cost of Inclusive Government

Zimbabwe Crisis Reports By Chipo Sithole 16 September 2008 The power-sharing deal entered by long-time Zimbabwe ruler Robert Mugabe and leaders of the fractured opposition establishes the largest cabinet since independence in 1980, imposing a huge financial cost on the crisis-torn country. Prime Minister-designate Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the main faction of the opposition Movement […]

Church groups give cautious welcome to Zimbabwe accord

Episcopallife online September 15, 2008 [Ecumenical News International] Christian leaders and organizations worldwide have welcomed the announcement of an agreement to form a unity government in Zimbabwe, while also saying that many challenges lie ahead for the southern African nation. “We have an opportunity,” the Rev. Ishmael Noko, a Zimbabwean theologian who is general secretary […]

The end of the beginning

By David Coltart Nine years to the day since I stood with Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube and many other patriots on the 11th September 1999 at Rufaro Stadium to launch the MDC a deal has been agreed in Harare tonight to bring to an end 28 years of brutal Zanu PF […]

A perspective on the talks and the election of the Speaker

By David Coltart 9th September 2008 During the last few weeks there has been frenzied media speculation that Robert Mugabe has entered into, or is about to enter into, a deal with the MDC formation led by Arthur Mutambara (MDC M ) *1 see below. The MDC M in honouring the terms of the MOU […]

Whites fine for Zanu-PF, not for MDC

The Zimbabwe Times September 8, 2008 Geoffrey Nyarota THE campaign pitch of President Robert Mugabe in recent elections has been consistent.Since the electorate shocked him out of deepening complacency in the aftermath of the constitutional referendum held back in February 2000 Mugabe has sought to portray himself as a patriot, while presenting his rival, Morgan […]