Zimbabwe opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai will tour southern Africa this week for talks with leaders to end a crippling political logjam, his spokesman said Monday.
“We are aware that the Zimbabwean problem is an ongoing problem,” said George Sibotshiwe, after a regional weekend summit failed to resolve a deeadlock over the composition of the new government after controversial polls.
“Therefore our president needs to continue to engage regional leaders to continue to assist us in resolving our crisis back home… He is touring southern Africa this week”.
Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe left a weekend summit of southern African leaders in Johannesburg still deadlocked over how to share power, though talks are due to continue.
Tsvangirai boycotted Zimbabwe’s June 27 presidential run-off election despite finishing ahead of Mugabe in the March first round of voting, citing violence against his supporters that had killed dozens and injured thousands.
Mugabe, 84, who has ruled since independence in 1980, defied regional and international calls to postpone the election and pushed ahead with it anyway, handing himself a new term as president.
Meanwhile, the ruling ZANU-PF party suffered a historic defeat in the March legislative election.
Stumbling blocks in the negotiations include the division of power between Mugabe and Tsvangirai in a national unity government, and what authority they would have as president and prime minister.
A source in Tsvangirai’s party told AFP that the opposition suggested in talks that titles were less important than who held executive power, and that Mugabe could become prime minister instead of the other way around.
“We are agreeing that if the role of the president and the prime minister are the same and you believe in the sharing of power, then the role given to us as prime minister, let Mugabe take those,” the source said.
“Then we will take the role of the president”.
Mugabe furiously rejected the offer, The Star newspaper in South Africa reported.-AFPÂ