Global Political Agreement 2008 Zimbabwe

The parties held discussions on the allocation of portfolios on September 18, but according to Mr. Chamisa, a spokesman for MDC-T, no agreement was reached and “the file was referred to the negotiators.” [74] Negotiators met on September 19, but could not reach an agreement, according to Chamisa. Chamisa said ZANU-PF had a take, take and take mentality and want to keep all important portfolios, while MDC was in favour of a “give and receive situation” in which key portfolios would be distributed fairly. [75] In particular, the MDC sought to control the financial portfolio on the grounds of a dire economic situation, but ZANU-PF objected. [76] Mugabe returned from the United Nations to Zimbabwe on September 29. He said on his return that “there is no deadlock” and that there were only four ministries left to decide. According to Mugabe, the cabinet would be formed later in the same week. [81] Mugabe and Tsvangirai met on September 30, but could not agree on the allocation of ministerial portfolios and “the matter was referred to the Mediator,” Chamisa said. [82] Chamisa argued that if the wallets were allocated according to ZANU-PF`s wishes, ZANU-PF controlled the government and that the MDC would be “a mere cosmetic accessory and lipstick.” He warned that this was “totally unacceptable” and that the MDC was not “so desperate to be in government” that it would accept secondary status. [83] However, ZANU-PF`s Chinamasa denied opening negotiations and said all parties were determined to reach an agreement. He said any disagreement that might exist was not limited to justifying Mbeki`s intervention, and expressed confidence that the case could be resolved without his help.

[84] “The government`s experience of power-sharing is not working,” Gagnon said. “Without political stability and legal reforms, not all progress in economic recovery will be sustainable.” Just days after the agreement was signed, Mbeki was forced by his party, the African National Congress (ANC), to resign as president of South Africa. This has raised additional concerns about the future of the agreement; It was unclear whether Mbeki would continue to play the role of mediator and it was unclear whether, under new leadership, South Africa would also remain involved in resolving the Zimbabwean political situation. [76] Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania and Chairman of the African Union, said on September 24 that “the South African government . . .